Shaun Gladwell is an Australian contemporary artist who transposes forms of urban expression such as skateboarding, graffiti and breakdancing into performance, video, painting, photography, sculpture and virtual reality works. These works examine contemporary culture through an art historical vocabulary, where the flâneur and free-runner are linked across time as bodies in space.
Gladwell represented Australia at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. He has shown extensively worldwide, including the solo shows 1000 Horses at Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2017); Cycles of Radical Will, De La Warr Pavilion, London (2013); Inspector of Tides, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney (2015); Shaun Gladwell: Field Recordings at the Samstag Museum, Adelaide (2014); and Stereo Sequences, ACMI, Melbourne (2011). Recent group exhibitions include Hyper Real, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2017); Primavera at 25: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney touring Australia (2016–18); and Tracks and Traces: Contemporary Australian Art, Negev Museum of Art, Israel (2017).
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