Australian artist looks at creative conflicts

lsjs Sussex Express ENTS, January 18, 2013
lsjs Sussex Express ENTS, January 18, 2013

An Australian artist is bringing his biggest soloexhibition to the De La Warr Pavilion.

Cycles of Radical Will by Shaun Gladwell’ embraces flux and transformation, reflecting the changing seasons during the exhibition.

Over the course of five months, works are exchanged to offer a sequence of windows into Gladwell’s artistic practice, unconstrained by the limitations of a single exhibition project.

For Cycles of Radical Will, Gladwell speculates on the creative conflict within various cultural practices and traditions.

These conflicts take the form of ‘battles’ – between beat-boxers and urban dancers, skateboarders and BMX riders, and (Mod) scooter enthusiasts and (Rocker) motorcycle riders – and ultimately between the extreme sports athlete and gravity itself.

Tension between these opposing and often complementary practices is the force that drives groups towards innovation or oblivion.

Cinema plays a central role in Gladwell’s practice. In previous works, the artist has referenced George Miller’s film trilogy Mad Max. Works for the De La Warr Pavilion draw upon references from an array of films including Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man, Sam Raimi’s horror film Evil Dead and David Lean’s 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia.

This exhibition is commissioned by the De La Warr Pavilion.

It will be accompanied by a major publication, the most comprehensive monograph on the artist’s work to date. The publication is made possible with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts.

The exhibition is open every day. Admission is free.

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