An image of Approach to Mundi Mundi

Shaun Gladwell

(Australia 1972 – )

Approach to Mundi Mundi

Location
Not on display
Further information

Shaun Gladwell’s video works are predominantly concerned with movement, usually in urban spaces. More recently, however, he has extended his practice into a consideration of landscape and place while retaining his core interest in the movement of bodies through space. A spellbinding sense of quietude permeates his work.

‘Approach to Mundi Mundi’ is part of the ‘MADDESTMAXIMVS’ series – an ongoing body of work that has been presented in various arrangements, including at the 2009 Venice Biennale. In ‘Approach to Mundi Mundi’ a faceless motorbike rider, clad in black leather, travels along the white lines of a highway descending into a barren Australian desert. The composition is radically divided by an unbroken horizon line and vertically segmented by the rider’s upright Christ-like position. Poised on the bike with outstretched arms, he appears to embrace the land before him, his stillness demonstrating a heightened sense of bodily awareness and concentration. Paradoxically moving yet also still, this work figuratively ‘swallows’ time, presenting a type of extended moment.

Place of origin
Mundi Mundi plain, New South Wales, Australia
Year
2007
Media
Time-based media, DVD
Medium
HD/DVD, 16:9 ratio, colour, silent, 8:37 min in total Duration: Dawn 03:56; Day 04:42
Dimensions
dimensions variable
Signature & date
Signed Certificate of Authenticity and on DVD masters, ink "Shaun Gladwell". Not dated.
Credit
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
L2011.60
Copyright
© Shaun Gladwell. Photo: Josh Raymond