JOHN NIXON: GROUPS + PAIRS 2016 – 2020
Published by Schwartz City 2020
Hardcover : 144 pages
Product Dimensions : 24.2 x 1.7 x 31.6 cm
Publisher : De La Warr Pavilion (18 December 2013)
Language: : English
Authors: Shaun Gladwell, Jean Wainwright, Richard Grayson, Simon Rees
Designed by Fraser Muggeridge
Shaun Gladwell’s solo exhibition Cycles of Radical Will is the Australian artist’s largest in the UK to date.
The exhibition embraces flux and transformation, reflecting the changing seasons during the exhibition. Over the course of five months, works are exchanged to offer a sequence of windows into Gladwell’s artistic practice, unconstrained by the limitations of a single exhibition project.
For Cycles of Radical Will, Gladwell speculates on the creative conflict within various cultural practices and traditions. These conflicts take the form of ‘battles’ – between beat-boxers and urban dancers, skateboarders and BMX riders, and (Mod) scooter enthusiasts and (Rocker) motorcycle riders – and ultimately between the extreme sports athlete and gravity itself. Tension between these opposing and often complementary practices is the force that drives groups towards innovation or oblivion.
Mini Ramp Intersection (2013) – located on the Roof Terrace – functions as a skate ramp and encourages its users either to joust with one other or calculate their movements to avoid a crash. This work, along with an extensive programme of events, will allow audiences to participate on numerous levels throughout the exhibition. The events will include poetry workshops offered to motorcycle enthusiasts, late-night rooftop skateboarding sessions, film screenings, and flatland skateboarding/BMX jams.
The catalogue, designed by Fraser Muggeridge, includes three essays by Richard Grayson, Jean Wainwright, and Simon Rees which give an international perspective and insightful dialogue on Gladwell’s body of work.