Broken Dance (Beatboxed)
Celebrated contemporary artist Shaun Gladwell is renowned for his mesmerising studies of the body in motion, set against the backdrop of specific sites that range from gritty urban environments to remote vast landscapes.
Gladwell’s practice encompasses a number of mediums, including painting and photography, but he is best known for his video installations depicting improvised and choreographed performances. Often these draw on the extreme movements associated with subcultures such as skateboarding and BMX riding, manipulated to distort the effects of speed and gravity.
In his new work for the AGNSW Contemporary Projects series, Broken Dance (Beatboxed), one video depicts dancers performing a mixture of urban styles, while another features the vocal percussions of a beatboxer. In synchronisation these videos connect two performances occurring in different times and locations.
In addition, the exhibition includes a number of paintings that take the video camera as their subject.