Recent Acquisitions: Shaun Gladwell at MCASD
About the artist: Shaun Gladwell's International 2013 exhibition highlights include those at the Royal Academy of Arts (London), "California-Pacific Triennial" at the Orange County Museum of Art (CA), KUAD Gallery (Istanbul), and "Video Forever," a touring exhibition, featured at Gallery Magda Danysz (Paris), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), and the Museum of Lyon (France). Gladwell's work is included in the public collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), Orange County Museum of Art (CA), Progressive Art Collection (PA), SCHUNCK (Heerlen), VideoBrasil (Brazil), Wadsworth Atheneum (CT), among many others. The artist lives and works in the UK.
Says the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, "[The artist] erupted onto the Australian art scene with the 2000 video work 'Storm Sequence,' a self-portrait in which the artist is skateboarding in extreme slow-motion as a storm brews over Bondi Beach. He has since developed an international reputation for his evocative large-scale video works, photographs and sculptures - and represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2009. Gladwell uses filmic devices such as slow-motion and long pans to capture both tightly choreographed and improvised performances by break dancers, skateboarders, and BMX bike riders in a combination of rural and city settings in Australia, Japan, Brazil, France and Afghanistan. The resulting works, which he describes as "performative landscapes" are both rhythmic and poetic - distorting speed, gravity, space and time; exploring visual and spatial paradoxes."