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Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow

The MCA will hold up images of surfers, skaters and dancers to look back at Gladwell's 20-year career.
By Emma-Kate Wilson
July 01, 2019
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Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow

The MCA will hold up images of surfers, skaters and dancers to look back at Gladwell's 20-year career.
By Emma-Kate Wilson
July 01, 2019
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If you're not familiar with the work of Australian artist Shaun Gladwell, that's about to change. The MCA is launching an expansive survey of his 20-year career this July. 

The artist is known for his video work, and connectedness to the body and movement through images of surfers, skaters and dancers. This survey offers a great viewing platform to look back at the last two decades of Australia and its expanding reach to the rest of the world.

It also reflects a time of technological change as we become more and more reliant on the digital. As such, the exhibition includes newly commissioned augmented and virtual reality works, as well as earlier tech-based works, including renowned video Storm Sequence (2000) set at Bondi Beach.

The title of the exhibition, Pacific Undertow, comes from a critical video to the show that embodies Gladwell's movement through location, his obsessions with colonial and art histories, as well as forms of everyday urban performance and mortality.

 

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