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Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow

Art Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) , The Rocks Until Monday October 7 2019 Free
Shaun Gladwell Pacific Undertow 2019 supplied MCA
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Photograph: Anna KuceraShaun Gladwell, 'Pacific Undertow Sequence (Bondi)' (still), 2010, installation view
Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow 2019 MCA supplied
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Photograph: Anna KuceraShaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow 2019 installation view
Shaun Gladwell Pacific Undertow 2019 MCA supplied
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Photograph: Anna KuceraShaun Gladwell, 'Approach to Mundi Mundi' 2007, installation view
Shaun Gladwell Pacific Undertow 2019 supplied MCA
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Photograph: Anna KuceraShaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow installation view
Shaun Gladwell Pacific Undertow 2019 MCA supplied
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Photograph: Anna KuceraShaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow installation view
Shaun Gladwell Pacific Undertow 2019 MCA supplied
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Photograph: Anna KuceraShaun Gladwell, 'BMX Channel' (still), 2013, installation view
Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow 2019 MCA supplied
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Photograph: Anna KuceraShaun Gladwell, 'Pataphysical Man' (still) , 2005, installation view
Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Overtow 2019 MCA supplied
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Photograph: Anna KuceraArtist Shaun Gladwell with 'Approach to Mundi Mundi' (production image), 2007

Time Out says

The skateboarding and surfing artist is having a major survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Shaun Gladwell is best known for his mesmerising slow motion video works depicting him skateboarding or riding BMX bikes against classic Australian backdrops, or more recently, for his virtual and augmented reality works that have been shown at the Cannes and Sydney Film Festivals.

Now the Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting the largest survey exhibition of Gladwell’s work to date, tracing his evolution from skateboarding outsider (the critic John McDonald once described watching Gladwell’s burgeoning success as akin to being “the only teetotaller at a drunken party”) to cutting edge artist determined to push the technological possibilities of 21st century art as far as they will go.

The exhibition has been beautifully installed in the MCA's third-floor galleries, with some video works taking over entire walls and others splashed across the floor. Highlights include 'Pacific Undertow Sequence', a 2010 video made underwater at Bondi, showing Gladwell upside down on a surfboard, struggling against the forces of nature. There's also his famous 'Storm Sequence' video, also made in Bondi (but on a skateboard, above the surface this time), and the Mad Max-esque 'Approach to Mundi Mundi', which features a motorbike rider storming down a freeway in slow motion with arms outstretched like Da Vinci's 'Vitruvian Man'. But our favourite is 'BMX Channel', which fill a massive wall with a misty seaside scene with a BMX rider in the foreground.

By: Time Out editors

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Venue name: Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Address: 140 George St
The Rocks
Sydney
2000
Price: Free
Opening hours: Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun 10am-5pm; Wed 10am-9pm

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