An image of Approach to Mundi Mundi

Shaun Gladwell

(Australia 1972 – )

Approach to Mundi Mundi

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
Time-based art, Installation
digital tape (DVCProHD) shown as dual channel digital video, colour, silent
duration: 00:03:56 min channel 1, 00:04:42 min channel 2, aspect ratio: 16:9, display dimensions variable
Signature & date

Signed l.c. certificate of authenticity and on DVD masters, ink "Shaun Gladwell". Not dated.

John Kaldor Family Collection
Accession number
© Shaun Gladwell. Photo: Josh Raymond