Shaun Gladwell

(Australia 1972 – )


Not on display
Further information

'Tangara' shows the artist hanging upside down from the central handrail of a Sydney train carriage. The video unfolds in slow motion so as viewers we are compelled to focus on the pressures placed on the body: hands, legs and head sway, move and tense into increasingly abstract positions, as blood rushes to the artists head and sweat drips from his brow and into his eyes. An endurance work, we experience the artist’s physical discomfort as he holds on as long as he can in this inverted position.

Gladwell’s is also a decidedly site-specific practice so meaning resides in the situational aspects of the work, in the placement and activities of the body within a particular urban or public context. Gladwell reclaims the spaces in which he performs, tangentially re-working environments with activities not usually associated with them, as in this instance with a typical suburban train. And through the windows another type of space passes by him as the train commutes through the urban landscape. This is a double intervention into a specific space which moves, and by extension the space through which it passes.

For Gladwell nothing is without its flip side, and through slowing time and inverting himself he emphasises transformed temporal and spatial relationships.

Place of origin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Time-based art
digital video, 4:3 ratio, colour, silent, 14:00 min
a1 - master; 1.3 x 8.3 x 11 cm; black WD My Passport hard drive (contents TBC)
a2 - Digital Master; 'master DVD'
b1 - sub-master; 'player DVD'
c1 - exhibition copy
c2 - exhibition copy duplicate
Signature & date

Signed l.c. certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "Shaun Gladwell". Not dated.

Private collection, Sydney
Accession number
© Shaun Gladwell