Shaun Gladwell returns to Sydney - Art Collector

The Flying Dutchman in Blue, 2013. Six channel video, looped, 16:9, colour, silent Collection of the artist. Courtesy: the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), in association with UNSW galleries, reveals an exciting major project for March 2015 involving the return of artist Shaun Gladwell, considered one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists, to Sydney.

A project across two sites, a major new commission The Lacrima Chair will be exhibited at SCAF, while at UNSW Galleries, Collection+: Shaun Gladwell will feature over 20 works spanning the artist’s career and practice.

Gene Sherman, executive director of SCAF said the foundation’s first project for 2015 would bring Shaun Gladwell back to his roots to the spaces where he started his career in Sydney over 15 years ago. “In every sense, he is coming home - to UNSW Art & Design, previously COFA, where he completed his Master of Fine Arts; and to Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, where he was represented for 9 years by SCAF’s previous incarnation, Sherman Galleries,” Sherman said.

The SCAF’s project, The Lacrima Chair, will feature a site-specific and visually compelling, immersive installation by Gladwell comprising sculpture and video. The installation will engage the poetics of flight, travel and cultural transmission, specifically French cultural influences within Australia and vice versa.

Collection+, which will make use of the recently launched UNSW galleries, focuses on Gladwell’s interest in the scientific study of birds, wider thinking on flight, notions of the double and problems with representing conflict. The collection features an array of the interactive and interdisciplinary works produced throughout his artistic career.

Both exhibitions will exhibit from 6 March to 25 April 2015.

Larissa Bricis

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