Stereo Sequences accompanied an exhibition of the same name by leading Australian artist Shaun Gladwell, who represented Australia at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. Conceived and created for ACMI’s unique subterranean gallery, the exhibition featured a series of multi-screen video works exploring concepts of duality, parallels and mirroring. Co-published with ACMI, this catalogue captures the dynamism of Stereo Sequences through richly printed film stills, photography, and texts by Emily Ballou, Rex Butler, Adrian Martin and Sarah Tutton.
Using filmic devices such as long pans and slow-motion, Gladwell captures tightly choreographed, repetitive performances by classical ballerinas, helicopters, motorcycles, muscle cars, trail bike riders and skateboarders. Many of the works in Stereo Sequences are set in distinct Australian locations such as the Wollemi National Park, the open plains of Broken Hill and even Sydney’s M5 underpass, each landscape a central character in the resulting work. Inspired by these unique landscapes and local film culture, including Ozploitation-era films, Gladwell’s Stereo Sequences radiates a distinctly Australian sensibility.