(Australia 1972 – )
Shaun Gladwell’s video works are predominantly concerned with movement, usually in urban spaces. More recently, however, he has extended his practice into a consideration of landscape and place while retaining his core interest in the movement of bodies through space. A spellbinding sense of quietude permeates his work.
‘Approach to Mundi Mundi’ is part of the ‘MADDESTMAXIMVS’ series – an ongoing body of work that has been presented in various arrangements, including at the 2009 Venice Biennale. In ‘Approach to Mundi Mundi’ a faceless motorbike rider, clad in black leather, travels along the white lines of a highway descending into a barren Australian desert. The composition is radically divided by an unbroken horizon line and vertically segmented by the rider’s upright Christ-like position. Poised on the bike with outstretched arms, he appears to embrace the land before him, his stillness demonstrating a heightened sense of bodily awareness and concentration. Paradoxically moving yet also still, this work figuratively ‘swallows’ time, presenting a type of extended moment.
Steven Ball and Catherine Elwes, Figuring landscapes: artists' moving image from Australia and the U.K, 2007, cover (colour illus., video still), 38 (colour illus., video still).
Natasha Bullock, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Shaun Gladwell', pg. 288-89, Sydney, 2011, 288, 289 (colour illus., video still).
Rex Butler., Shaun Gladwell, 'The narcissistic image', 2008.
Blair French, Australia: 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 'Maddestmaximvs – planets and stars sequence 2009', pg. 4-5, AUT, 2009, (colour illus., video still).
Blair French, Shaun Gladwell: videowork, 2007, 105 (colour illus., video still).
Stephen Hepworth, Shaun Gladwell: perpetual 360° sessions, 'Extracts from the diary of a wanderer', pg. 6-13, Heerlen, 2011, 10, 68-69 (colour illus., video still).
Anneke Jaspers, Look, 'Shaun Gladwell', pg. 13, Newtown, Sep 2012, 13.
John Kelly, Art Monthly Australia, 'The beauty of distance', pg. 10-13, Acton, Jul 2009, 10-13.
Bruce Millan, The Art Newspaper, 'Australia takes images of outback and Mad Max to Venice', pg. 46, Jun 2009, 46.
Sherman Galleries, Shaun Gladwell: Maddest Maximvs, 2007, 3 (colour illus., video still).
Wayne Tunnicliffe, Look, 'Kaldor and contemporary', pg. 26-29, Newtown, Apr 2011, 29.
Shaun Gladwell: MADDESTMAXIMVS, Sherman Galleries, Paddington, 30 Nov 2007–22 Dec 2007