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Approach to Mundi Mundi



Shaun Gladwell


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.


Place where the work was made

Mundi Mundi plain New South Wales Australia



Materials used

digital tape (DVCProHD) shown as dual channel digital video, colour, silent




duration: 00:03:56 min channel 1, 00:04:42 min channel 2, aspect ratio: 16:9, display dimensions variable

Signature & date

Signed l.c. certificate of authenticity and on DVD masters, ink "Shaun Gladwell". Not dated.


John Kaldor Family Collection


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Shaun Gladwell

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 13 publications


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.

Edmund Capon, Apollo: the international art magazine, 'Lay of the land', pg. 36-42, London, Jul 2013-Aug 2013, 42 (colour illus., video still). Feature: Australian landscape art

Blair French, Shaun Gladwell: videowork, 2007, 105 (colour illus., video still).

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).

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, Sydney, Sep 2012, 13.

John Kelly, Art Monthly Australia, 'The beauty of distance', pg. 10-13, Canberra, 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).

Daniel Thomas, Australia, 'Elizabethan post-colonial 1950-2013', pg. 226-288, London, 2013, 2-3 (colour illus., video still), 280, 281 (colour illus., video still). 197

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Look, 'Kaldor and contemporary', pg. 26-29, Sydney, Apr 2011, 29.