Shaun Gladwell ’s videos are characterized by their technical simplicity. If the slow-motion effect exploits the plasticity of video, it does so less to push the medium than to test what the curator simply calls ‘real bodies in motion’. Gladwell’s work opens up the space between the still and the moving image and invites a psychologized and aesthetic reading that is at odds with its ethnographic dimension (even if one should note that his cross-cultural performers are engaged in rituals of community and collaboration). Gladwell – once a painter – says he wants his work to operate ‘like moving paintings’, and indeed references to art history are scattered throughout his practice.
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Shaun Gladwell | Pataphysical Man | Saatchi & Saatchi New Director Showcase 2006 (01:07)
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Shaun Gladwell talks to Jean Wainwright at the 2009 Venice Biennale where his work Maddest Maximus is on display in the Australian Pavillion. (04:54)
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