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Shaun Gladwell - Storm Sequence

Sunday Film Screening

4.10. – 13.11.2005
Shaun Gladwell: Storm Sequence, 2000MK Gallery installation view 

Shaun Gladwell: Storm Sequence, 2000
MK Gallery installation view 

Shaun Gladwell: Storm Sequence, 2000MK Gallery installation view 

Shaun Gladwell: Storm Sequence, 2000
MK Gallery installation view 

This was the first UK film screening of the Australian artist's remarkable DVD, Storm Sequence (2000)

 

Storm Sequence shows the balletic performance of the artist, twisting and turning on his skateboard, set against the rain-drenched backdrop of the Sydney coastline. There is a wistful romanticism in this lone figure, as he becomes at one with the rhythm of his own body and the surrounding elements.

 

Shaun Gladwell (born Sydney,1972) is an artist and freestyle skateboarder, much acclaimed for his video art, painting and photographs.  Gladwell describes his video art as “performance landscapes”; and locates them in both rural and urban settings.  He uses filmic devices such as slow-motion and long pans to capture both tightly choreographed and improvised performances. The resulting works are surprisingly hypnotic and beautifully poetic, due to their distortion of speed, reversed gravity or overall displacement of space and time, including Storm Sequence which is in the collection of the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art.