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Approach to Mundi Mundi



Shaun Gladwell


1972 –

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Mundi Mundi plain New South Wales Australia
    Media categories
    Time-based art , Installation
    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
    © Shaun Gladwell. Photo: Josh Raymond

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    Artist information
    Shaun Gladwell

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 13 publications

Other works by Shaun Gladwell

See all 19 works