SHAUN GLADWELL  

SHAUN GLADWELL: THE APPROACH 


Finally you let go and experience euphoria amidst eddies of turgid bodies. 
 
In a Station of the Metro (2005): Within breakdancing parlance, the 'baby freeze' move implies the possibility (inevitability) of being 'unfrozen'. You struggle against gravity and an avalanche of commuters. The human river now threatening to sweep you away induces panic. You enter a crisis similar to that of Butoh: as muscles experience myalgia from exhaustion and overload, is this now the beginning of a raw, naked movement? Finally you let go and experience euphoria amidst eddies of turgid bodies.

Pacific undertow sequence: The act of surfing implies the possibility (inevitability) of being dumped. You are held underwater and shaken with terrific force. All sense of direction and control is lost as you confront the immense volume and force of the ocean. Now, depleted of oxygen, anoxia induces panic. You enter a crisis – is this a simulation or actual drowning? Finally you let go and experience euphoria amidst clouds of turgid water.
 
The Pirate Bay: ‘Surfing the internet’ implies the possibility (inevitability) of being dumped. You are stripped of your work as it is disseminated via endless torrents to the rest of the datasphere. At the same time, you are offered every other work that drifts by. At first, your shattered sense of authorship and ownership induces panic. You enter a crisis – were these works ever yours or have they always been the products and property of others? Finally you let go and experience euphoria amidst clouds of turgid data.

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  Double balancing act

In a station of the Metro

Pataphysical man

Pacific undertow sequence

SHAUN GLADWELL
Double balancing act, 2010
pigment prints on archival paper
framed diptych, 75 x 115 cm each
performer: Bill Shannon
photography: Josh Raymond
Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney
SHAUN GLADWELL
In a station of the Metro, 2006
Lambda Durst print, diptych, framed
2 parts, 56.5 x 56.5 cm each
performers: Taka, Yuya, Ai, Kio
photography: Gotaro Uematsu
Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney
SHAUN GLADWELL
 Pataphysical man, 2005
production still, HDV/DVD
13:00 min, 16:9, colour, silent
performer: Daniel Esteve Pomares
videography: Gotaro Uematsu
Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney
SHAUN GLADWELL
Pacific undertow sequence, 2010
video stills, single-channel high-definition digital video
11:21 min, 16:9, colour, sound
cinematography: Josh Raymond
Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney

 

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