Australian artist influenced by the urban cultures, Skateboarding, BMX and Motorbike, Shaun Gladwell observes the space of encounter between man and nature, between movement and stillness.
As subcultures deeply tinted with freedom and performance, motorcycle, car, skateboard and BMX form the ideal media for expressing the movement, bodies shifting through space. Shaun Gladwell forces the vehicles to a sudden halt, settled in an odd pose. He stops time, leads us to consider past and present on the same level by offering an unprecedented situation. The power of the image mixes with a feeling of nostalgia for a still perceptible momentum. His video installations establish a new relationship between body movement and environment, urban or natural, mesmerizing the viewer by the slow pace of a strange and subtle choreography. To the rage of George Miller’s Mad Max, he superimposes the awareness and sensitivity of an anonymous biker, dark silhouette riding the Australian outback, carrying his guilt in the form of a dead kangaroo, the victim of man mechanical power (Apology to roadkill).