Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow at MCA Australia

19 July–7 October | Sydney

I n Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art is staging a major survey exhibition – in fact, the largest to date, of the work of Australian artist Shaun Gladwell. Titled, Pacific Undertow, the show shares its name with one of Gladwell’s key film pieces and will feature work spanning two decades of his career.

Shaun Gladwell, Pataphysical Man (still), 2005, single-channel digital video, high definition, colour, silent, 13 minutes. Image
courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne. © Shaun Gladwell.

Working predominantly in video performance that often features skateboarding, biking, surfing, and other feats of physicality, Gladwell explores the moving figure and the relationship between body and landscape. His oeuvre includes works in a myriad of media and makes full use of the technologies of today, as exemplified in this exhibition. The MCA will celebrate one of Sydney’s own and showcase the rich variety of the artist’s career, from early paintings and the renowned video, Storm Sequence (2000), through to newly commissioned augmented and virtual reality works.

Shaun Gladwell, BMX Channel (still) 2013, single-channel digital video, high definition, color, sound, 12 minutes. Image courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne. © Shaun Gladwell.

Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia from 19 July–7 October.

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