Born Sydney 1972

Lives and works in Melbourne

Represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Shaun Gladwell’s prac­tice engages per­son­al expe­ri­ence and a wider spec­u­la­tion of art his­to­ry to exam­ine the dynam­ics of con­tem­po­rary cul­ture. Glad­well trans­pos­es forms of urban expres­sion such as skate­board­ing, graf­fi­ti, BMX bicy­cle rid­ing, break-danc­ing and extreme sports into the mul­ti­ple medi­ums of his prac­tice. These per­for­mances, videos, paint­ings, pho­tographs, sculp­tures and mixed real­i­ty works make dis­cur­sive inves­ti­ga­tions into forms of cre­ativ­i­ty and notions of freedom.

In his video works, Glad­well draws links between his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary mod­els of the body in space, propos­ing a lin­eage between the flâneur and con­tem­po­rary cul­tur­al fig­ures such as skate­board­ers, free run­ners and oth­er phys­i­cal and street performers.

Gladwell’s con­tin­ued inves­ti­ga­tion of spa­tial artic­u­la­tion is reflect­ed in the instal­la­tion struc­tures of the work itself, using archi­tec­tur­al fea­tures, pro­jec­tion sur­faces. and mul­ti­chan­nel formats.