Shaun Gladwell is best known for his portrayal of the body engaged in extreme activities within the urban landscape. He is interested in the inventive ways in which public spaces can be repurposed by people through their presence and movement. In 'Midnight traceur’ 2011, Gladwell films a practitioner of parkour or 'traceur' skillfully traversing the Sydney CBD at night.
Gladwell states: I'm really interested in people performing in urban spaces, at night, in the raw … that comes from my experiences as a kid. I enjoy watching athletes push the barriers, particularly outside the competition format when they have to think for themselves. I don't distinguish [sport] from art. To me, that is the same objective as contemporary art .
1. Shaun Gladwell quoted in Steve Meacham, 'Catching a creative wave' in SMH, 8 Oct 2011
single channel digital video, colour, silent
AP1, edition of 3+2 AP
duration: 00:25:00 min, aspect ratio: 16:9
Signature & date
Signed certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen ".../ .../ .../ .../ .../ .../ .../ Shaun Gladwell.". Not dated.
Gift of Anita and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis 2017. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© Shaun Gladwell
Shown in 1 exhibition
Shaun Gladwell: Riding with death: Redux, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 28 Oct 2011–17 Dec 2011