Australian-born, London-based artist Shaun Gladwell’s cinematic video works map out the intersections of high art and street performance, physical discipline and free bodily expression. The attendant questions of spatial politics, landscape, gesture and risk emerge as visceral themes in the work. Gladwell has exhibited widely in Europe, North and South America, and in the Asia Pacific Region.
Gladwell represented Australia at the 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009. In 2013, he was commissioned to create video components for the Rotterdam Philharmonic’s Der Fliedende Holländer, (Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman), conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Selected solo exhibitions include Cycles of Radical Will, De La Warr Pavilion, UK, 2013, Broken Dance (Beatboxed), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2012, Perpetual 360° Sessions, SCHUNCK*, Heerlen, The Netherlands. 2011, Shaun Gladwell: Matrix 162, Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut, 2011, Stereo Sequences, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, 2011.
Recent exhibitions include Australia , Royal Academy, London, 2013; Walking Sideways, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2013; On Apology, Wattis Institute, San Francisco, 2012; South by Southeast: Australasian Video Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 2011; Revolutions – forms that turn, 2008 Biennale of Sydney; Space for Your Future, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2008; and Think with the senses, feel with the mind – art in the present tense, 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007. Gladwell's work is held in significant public and private collections internationally.