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Shaun Gladwell [Videonale.15]

* 1972 in Sydney AUS, lives in London GBR
Studied at Sydney College of the Arts AUS and at University of New South Wales, Sydney AUS


Exhibitions [selection]:


2014 Field Recordings. Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, AUS [S]
         Shaun Gladwell. Afghanistan, Samstag Museum, Adelaide, AUS [S]
         Motopoétique, Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, FRA
         Slide (Surf and Skate), Museu de Arte do Rio BRA
         On Dry Land, Negev Museum of Art, ISR
2013 Cycles of Radical Will, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, GBR [S]
         Morning of the Earth, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, AUS [S]
         Quand l’art prend la Ville (when Art Takes the City), Defacto, La Defense, FRA
         Cosmos unfolding in the foot locker/hurt locker, Season Projects, London, GBR [S]
2012 Broken Dance (Beatboxed), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, AUS [S]


Shaun Gladwell [Videonale.15]


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BMX Channel, 2013, 12:42 (0:46) min., sound, colour [Videonale.15]

A promenade in southern England, in the background a grey coastal panorama. Birds circling in the sky. A BMX rider performing in slow-motion under a British flag. The apparent weightlessness of the rider gives the view a monumental character. On the coast at Bexhill (Sussex), the artist and extreme athlete Shaun Gladwell is watching his colleague Matti Hemmings. Flatland-BMX is the name of the BMX freestyle meant to fascinate the observers. Only slow-motion makes it possible for the eye to follow the rapid movements, and continuity creates coincidently an almost meditative atmosphere. In this respect, BMX CHANNEL is a contrast to the usual videos of the extreme sport scene, whose frequent changes of perspective and setting generate a special event character. Gladwell takes the techniques of extreme sport videos and develops them further. He widens the perspective but leaves the film settings unchanged. The symmetry of the picture and swelling drone in the background give the scenery a static aura. Gladwell’s protagonist remains anonymous, seems to be withdrawn into himself. His representation conveys primarily a process of self-discovery. As a model of self-presentation, Gladwell creates an atypical picture, one which assigns the observer an apparently passive role yet involves him through the slow-motion aesthetic.

Nathalie Ladermann

Shaun Gladwell