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.