Shaun Gladwell shot up into art stardom for a mesmerising 11-minute clip of himself and a skateboard, tearing up some concrete at Bondi Beach in the middle of a storm.
The video is called Storm Sequence, and it’s an iconic piece of Australian art for a few reasons. One, because it’s a beautiful piece of videography—slow, meditative, atmospheric and almost other-worldly. Two, because Gladwell is a mad skater and he’s doing some pretty awesome shit in the video, and three—it’s one of the first pieces of video art ever to have been sold commercially in Australia (by the heroes at the Museum of Contemporary Art).
Fast forward (almost) 20 years, and Gladwell has produced an archive of similarly epic video work, along with sculpture, painting, photography and installations. To commemorate that body of work, the MCA is hosting a full survey exhibition of his work and trust us, it’s well worth checking out.
Opening as of Friday 19 July, you’ll be able to view Storm Sequence in all its glory, as well as his early paintings and drawings, and his more recent work with VR.
The survey exhibition takes its title from a video piece called Pacific Undertow—a piece centred on motion, gravity and other elemental forces, all ideas central to Gladwell's career to date.
For ore info and details on talks and events around the exhibition, head over here.
What: Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow
When: 19 July - 7 October, 2019
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
While you're here, take a deep dive into the studio of world-renowned, Sydney-based street artist Anthony Lister, right here.
Image credit: Shaun Gladwell, Pataphysical Man, 2005.