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Title

AR15 field strip

2015

Artist

Shaun Gladwell

Australia

1972 –

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  • Details

    Date
    2015
    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    Samsung mobile phone and VR headgear
    Edition
    1/3
    Dimensions
    display dimensions variable
    Credit
    Gift of Brian and Gene Sherman 2021. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    25.2021.a-c
    Copyright
    © Shaun Gladwell
    Artist information
    Shaun Gladwell

    Works in the collection

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    Recent developments in virtual reality technology, such as the manufacture of equipment and software for personal use, have inspired some artists to experiment with this new medium in their practice. Shaun Gladwell, who collaborates with the Australian virtual reality collective BADFAITH, is one of a handful of contemporary artists experimenting with it in Australia today.

    Academic Kit Messham-Muir has described AR 15 field strip 2016, the second virtual reality work created by Gladwell, in detail: ‘It is a 360-degree video in which we, the audience, are brought into a suburban garage in Los Angeles, facing a bearded man depicted kneeling on a concrete floor as he blindfolds himself and then, over the course of several minutes, dissembles and reassembles an AR 15 assault rifle. He completes the process by testing the firing pin, then lays the weapon back in front of him. He removes the blindfold and gets to his feet. He then walks past “us”, and we can turn around to see him engaged in the process of manufacturing soap’.

Other works by Shaun Gladwell

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