4th February – 12th March, 2017
Shaun Gladwell’s works of art are contextualised within The Lock-Up’s history as a police station and lock-up in his first solo exhibition in Newcastle, CONTROL.
CONTROL is the first survey of influential and pioneering video artist Shaun Gladwell’s work in Newcastle.
ABOUT SHAUN GLADWELL
Shaun Gladwell established his career as an artist through a series of meditative videos that represented the artist performing a range of activities on a skateboard, more often than not in slow motion, and staged within various dramatic landscapes. From 2007-2009 he created work inspired by the Mad Max films, which explored the interaction, and sometimes the collision, of people, animals, and vehicles traversing the Australian hinterland. In October 2009, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial, Gladwell went to Afghanistan as an official war artist. More recently he has started making and displaying virtual reality works of art. Gladwell has developed an international profile and in currently based in Sydney and London.
Warwick Heywood is Curator of Art at the Australian War Memorial, where he has played a key role in enhancing the Memorial’s collection of modernist art and invigorating the Official War Artist scheme through commissioning key Australian artists such as Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, Shaun Gladwell, eX de Medici, Ben Quilty and Tony Albert. He has curated exhibitions and presented curatorial papers in prestigious venues in Australia, the United States
(Washington, DC) and Korea (Seoul). He is the exhibition curator for Reality in flames: modern Australian art and the Second World War, currently on display in the Memorial’s Special Exhibitions Gallery.