Shaun Gladwell’s solo exhibition Cycles of Radical Will, coming to the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, is the Australian artist’s largest in the UK to date.
From February 2 to June 23, two new works will be displayed outside the Pavilion galleries.
Triumph Daytona 675 Intersection (2013) features a motorcycle embedded into a wall in the foyer.
Mini Ramp Intersection (2013) located on the Roof Terrace, will function as a BMX and skate ramp and encourage its users either to joust with one other or calculate their movements to avoid a crash. This work, along with an extensive programme of events will allow audiences to participate on numerous levels throughout the exhibition.
Inside, the artist extends his interest in mythological figures and cultural stories. For this exhibition, he takes the figure of Jack-in-the-Green, and features him in a series of videos that depict Jack riding motor vehicles through a variety of different environments.
The exhibition 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.