Shaun Gladwell grew up in Sydney’s western suburbs and began to experiment with video after his ambitions to become a professional skateboarder were ruined by injury.
However, Gladwell is no ordinary video-wielding skateboarder and his artworks are not the fast and choppy videos you normally see in this genre. From the very beginning of his experiments with video, taking shots of his brothers jumping over paintings on their bikes, Gladwell wanted to capture something different.
Equilibrium is also an ongoing subtext in much of Gladwell’s work. In a Station of the Metro, 2006, are poetic explorations of equilibrium in its everyday sense, literally as balance. His performers move or hold their bodies in a state in which all forces acting on them are equal.
Gladwell has been selected to represent Australia at the Biennale of Venice 2009 with his work MADDESTMAXIMVS.