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 vir­tu­al 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.

As this ongo­ing inves­ti­ga­tion of spa­tial artic­u­la­tion has deep­ened and gath­ered momen­tum it has begun to more close­ly inform and be reflect­ed in the instal­la­tion struc­tures of the work itself, with an increased exper­i­men­ta­tion with mul­ti-chan­nel for­mats, archi­tec­tur­al fea­tures and pro­jec­tion surfaces.

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

1000 Hors­es, 2017
2‑channel HD syn­chro­nised video, 16:9, colour, sound
24 minutes
Edi­tion of 3

Shaun Glad­well

1000 Hors­es, 2017
2‑channel HD syn­chro­nised video, 16:9, colour, sound
24 minutes
Edi­tion of 3

Shaun Glad­well

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

Shaun Glad­well

Skate­board­ers vs Min­i­mal­ism (6), 2016
hand-paint­ed acrylic on black and white pho­to­graph on pho­to­copy paper
11984 cm (sheet)
unique state

Shaun Glad­well

A Por­trait of Kathryn Puie as Nan­cy-Bird Walton, 2015
C‑type photograph
103.575 cm
Edi­tion of 2

Shaun Glad­well

Last of the first weaponised drones, 2015
oil on canvas
107153 cm

Shaun Glad­well

The Sun­light School, 2015
sin­gle-chan­nel High Def­i­n­i­tion video, 16:9, colour, silent
Edi­tion of 3

Shaun Glad­well

Sev­ered Head (Max­imus), 2015
C‑type photograph
139175 cm
Edi­tion of 3

Shaun Glad­well

Inter­cep­tor Del­uge Sequence, 2015
sin­gle-chan­nel High Def­i­n­i­tion video, 16:9, colour, silent
24 min­utes 42 seconds
Edi­tion of 2

Shaun Glad­well

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

Shaun Glad­well

Dutch­man and Sen­ta Together, 2013
hand-drawn ani­ma­tion on iPad, framed, looped, black and white, silent
2025 cm
Edi­tion of 6

Shaun Glad­well

Trans­par­ent Universe, 2013
enam­el on alu­mini­um, ath­let­ic shoes
dimen­sions variable

Shaun Glad­well

The Giant’s Wife Invert (Mod­i­fied), 2012
C‑type print with enam­el aerosol paint
152152 cm 
unique state

Shaun Glad­well

I Also Live at One Infi­nite Loop, 2011
(still) HD video, 16:9, colour, silent
20 min­utes 11 seconds
Edi­tion of 3

Shaun Glad­well

Cook Invert, 2011
inkjet print on paper
177.5134 cm
Edi­tion of 2

Shaun Glad­well

Colour Test: Mun­di Mun­di Plains (Blue), 2009
pig­ment print on archival paper
166.5214 cm
Edi­tion of 3

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

Yoko­hama Linework, 2005
sin­gle-chan­nel High Def­i­n­i­tion video, colour, sound
16 min­utes 33 seconds
Edi­tion of 4
Com­mis­sioned by Yoko­hama Triennale

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