Shaun Gladwell, "Pacific Undertow Sequence (Bondi)" (still), 2010. Single-channel digital video, high definition, colour, sound (stereo), 11:21 minutes. Image courtesy: the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne © the artist.
Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow
Best known for his videos of the body in motion, the work of Australian artist Shaun Gladwell spans a two-decade career marked by obsession with colonial and art histories, forms of everyday urban performance, and mortality. It is a sometimes jarring mix: mesmerising moving works of surfers, skateboarders, breakdancers and motorcycle riders that make us question our relationships to architectural, environmental and social settings, as well as to time itself. “Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow” currently on at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney is the largest survey exhibition of the artist's work to date and features everything from early paintings, to Gladwellʼs renowned 2000 work “Storm Sequence”, to the artistʼs more recent experiments with augmented and virtual reality technologies.