Shaun Gladwell

Yokohama Linework, 2005
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Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Private collection, Sydney

Shaun Gladwell's 'Yokohama linework' (2005) traces the path of the artist as he rides his skateboard through the streets of Japan. The work presents a minimal aesthetic, which strongly references abstraction and the process of drawing, fusing these formal elements with ideas relating to the urban experience such as Baudelaire's notion of the flaneur and the Situationists technique of derive: theories of 'strolling' or 'drifting' (respectively) through the environment to affect a more pure experience. By tracing the existing 'drawing' of the street, Gladwell has stated that he was attempting to "perform an experimental drawing or tracing in which I was both drawing and being drawn by road markings." By using the skateboard as his method of transport, the artist poetically links contemporary street culture with these complex notions of time, form, space and experience.

This work was commissioned for the 2005 Yokohama Triennale. The work is sold with a video still by Shaun Gladwell. The work is number 1 from an edition of 4

  • Yokohama Linework

Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

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Shaun Gladwell is one of our leading artists in video and time based media, celebrated for his explorations of site and the body in motion, the Australian landscape and popular culture. At the completion of his MFA at Sydney's College of Fine Arts, a Samstag scholarship took the artist to London where his fellowship at Goldsmith's College, University of London in 2002 backed onto a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.

The solo exhibition 'Kickflipping Flaneur' at Artspace, Sydney in 2000 is seen as the breakthrough moment of Gladwell's career. He featured in the Bienial de Sao Paulo Brazil, 2006 and, in 2007 was included in the Robert Storr exhibition at the 52nd Venice Biennale, 'Think with the senses, feel with the mind - art in the present tense'. This is remembered as a paradigm shift for the reception of video art by a contemporary Australian artist; a defining moment that saw a single-channel video with sound, seriously regarded as a seminal work of its time and a new addition to the Australian canon. Gladwell exhibited in the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2009. In 2009 he also travelled to Afghanistan as Australia's official war artist.

Recent solo exhibitions for Gladwell include 'Shaun Gladwell: Field Recordings', and 'Shaun Gladwell: Afghanistan', Samstag Museum, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 2014; 'Perpetual 360-degree Sessions', Schunck Institute, the Netherlands, 2011 and, 'MADDESTMAXIMVS: Planet & Stars Sequence', Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2010. Over the past two years, in group exhibitions Gladwell shown at the Pompidou, Paris, Istanbul Museum of Art, Turkey and, the Kunsthale GI Holtegaard, Copenhagen.