Co-curated by Natasha Bullock and Blair French, Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow, presents a range of media including paintings, photographs, prints, drawings and videos. Gladwell’s works often focus on a single performer, using various film techniques to picture the body in motion, and the connections between places and people.
Skateboarders, BMX bike riders, soldiers and surfers on land or water feature prominently in many of Gladwell’s works. The exhibition title, Pacific Undertow (2010), is drawn from a major video work by the artist. Presented in signature slow motion, a man floats upside down on a surfboard in the ocean. This piece is placed in relation to the artist’s first major video work, Storm Sequence (2000), which shows the artist skateboarding in slow-motion as a storm approaches Bondi Beach. Gladwell has had a long fascination with Australia’s landscape and many of his works have a strong connection to the geographical location where the works were made.
The exhibition also features three new works: a series of six prints Gladwell has produced with the Australian Print Workshop; a new augmented reality (AR) work Reversed Readymade (2019), filmed inside the MCA’s Level 3 galleries and available for viewing on your iPhone; and Electronic Monuments (2019), a new virtual reality (VR) work commissioned for the exhibition
Born 1972, Sydney, New South Wales. Lives and works Sydney and London, United Kingdom.
Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow
Exhibition Dates: Through October 7, 2019
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
140 George St
Sydney NSW 2000