Shaun Gladwell


Shaun Gladwell critically and poetically links personal experience with contemporary culture and historical references through performance, video, painting, photography and sculpture. His works engage these concerns through forms of urban expression such as skateboarding, hip-hop, graffiti, BMX bike riding, breakdancing and extreme sports.
Gladwell completed Associate Research at Goldsmiths College, London, in 2001 and has since undertaken international residencies and commissions in Europe, North and South America, and the Asia Pacific Region. In 2009 Gladwell represented Australia at the Venice Biennale and travelled to Afghanistan as the official Australian War Artist.
Recent solo exhibitions include Cycles of Radical Will, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, UK (2013), Perpetual 360° Sessions, SCHUNCK*, The Netherlands (2011); Stereo Sequences, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Australia (2011); Seven Year Linework, Spacex, Exeter, UK (2009); MADDESTMAXIMVS: Planet & Stars Sequence, Australian Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy (2009); Shaun Gladwell, University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego, USA (2008); and In a Station of the Metro, Artspace, Australia (2008).
Group exhibitions include On Apology, Wattis Institute, San Francisco, USA, 2012; Show Time: Choreography in Contemporary Art, glHoltegaard, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012; The Power of Doubt, Guangdong Times Museum, China, 2012 and Museo Colecciones ICO, Madrid, Spain, 2011; Paradise Lost, Istanbul Museum of Art, Turkey, 2011; Street and Studio. From Basquiat to Séripop, Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria, 2010; Adaptation, Power Plant, Canada, 2010; CODE SHARE, Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius, 2009; 16th Biennale of Sydney, Australia, 2008; Space for Your Future, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2007; 52nd International Exhibition, Venice Biennale, 2007; 27th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil and Busan Biennale, South Korea, 2006; Yokohama Triennale of Contemporary Art, 2005; Space Invaders, Kunsthaus Baselland, 2005; and The Mind is a Horse, Bloomberg Space, London, 2001.
Gladwell’s work is held in significant public and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, The Netherlands and Ja- pan. He is the director the chapter ‘Family’ in the forthcoming Australian feature film, The Turning (Arenamedia 2013). Recent publications include Shaun Gladwell: Cycles of Radical Will, De La Warr Pavilion, UK, 2013; Interior Linework/Interceptor Intersection, Cambelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia, 2010; MADDESTMAXIMVS: Planet & Stars Sequence, Schwartz City, Black Inc Pty Ltd, Australia, 2009; and Shaun Gladwell: Videowork, Artspace, Sydney, Australia, 2008.