Shaun Glad­well

Biography


Born Syd­ney, Aus­tralia 1972

Lives and works in Melbourne


Shaun Gladwell’s prac­tice engages per­son­al expe­ri­ence and a wider spec­u­la­tion of art his­to­ry to exam­ine the dynam­ics of con­tem­po­rary cul­ture. Glad­well trans­pos­es forms of urban expres­sion such as skate­board­ing, graf­fi­ti, BMX bicy­cle rid­ing, break-danc­ing and extreme sports into the mul­ti­ple medi­ums of his prac­tice. These per­for­mances, videos, paint­ings, pho­tographs, sculp­tures and mixed real­i­ty works make dis­cur­sive inves­ti­ga­tions into forms of cre­ativ­i­ty and notions of freedom.

In his video works, Glad­well draws links between his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary mod­els of the body in space, propos­ing a lin­eage between the flâneur and con­tem­po­rary cul­tur­al fig­ures such as skate­board­ers, free run­ners and oth­er phys­i­cal and street performers.

Gladwell’s con­tin­ued inves­ti­ga­tion of spa­tial artic­u­la­tion is reflect­ed in the instal­la­tion struc­tures of the work itself, through the use of archi­tec­tur­al fea­tures, pro­jec­tion sur­faces. and mul­ti­chan­nel formats.

Pub­lic col­lec­tions include the Nation­al Gallery of Aus­tralia, Can­ber­ra; The Muse­um of Mod­ern Art, New York; Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary Art, Tokyo; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Syd­ney; Art Gallery of South Aus­tralia, Ade­laide; Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary Art Aus­tralia, Syd­ney; Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary Art, San Diego; Muse­um of Fine Arts, Hous­ton; Nation­al Gallery of Aus­tralia, Can­ber­ra; Nation­al Gallery of Vic­to­ria, Mel­bourne; Orange Coun­ty Muse­um of Art, Cal­i­for­nia; and Wadsworth Atheneum, Hart­ford. Gladwell’s works can also be found in cor­po­rate and pri­vate col­lec­tions in Aus­tralia, Asia, the Unit­ed King­dom, Europe and the Unit­ed States.


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Exhibitions
Available Works

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Shaun Glad­well

Skate­board­ers vs Min­i­mal­ism (7), 2016
hand paint­ed black and white pho­to­graph on pho­to­copy paper
84119 cm (sheet)
unique state

Shaun Glad­well

John For­rest Back­side Invert, 2015
inkjet print on paper
183123 cm
Edi­tion of 2

Shaun Glad­well

Ali Into Blue, 2011
hand-coloured C‑type print
71104 cm
Edi­tion of 2AP

Shaun Glad­well

Ali Into Red, 2011
hand-coloured C‑type print
71104 cm
Edi­tion of 2AP

Shaun Glad­well

Alle­gor­i­cal Study/​Riding with Death, 2007
hand-coloured etch­ing on Velin Arch­es 250gsm
4665 cm
Edi­tion of 8

Shaun Glad­well

In a Sta­tion of the Metro (1), 2006
Lamb­da Durst print
56.256.2 xm
Edi­tion of 5
Pho­tog­ra­ph­er: Gotaro Uematsu

Library
News

Shaun Glad­well review: video-artist pio­neer per­forms vir­tu­al hang five

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Pacif­ic Under­tow, Shaun Gladwell

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The Mod­el has cre­at­ed a dig­i­tal expe­ri­ence of The Sea Around Us while the exhi­bi­tion is closed to the public

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DIS­CUS­SION: Shaun Glad­well & Dr. Sean Lowry

Dr Sean Lowry, Head of Crit­i­cal and The­o­ret­i­cal Stud­ies, Vic­to­ri­an Col­lege of the Arts […]

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