SHAUN GLADWELL – INFLECTED FORMS
By Kerry Males
Shaun Gladwell is an Australian born artist and skateboarder. Gladwell primarily works in digital art and describes his video works as performance landscapes , Gladwell also works in painting , photography and sculpture. His works are usually influenced by a site and the ways that inhabitants form relationships with environments. Gladwell is well-known for his video work Storm Sequence, that sold for $84,000. Inflected Forms is a series of interactive public art sculptures that are based in Christchurch. The works are a series of large grey metal objects that are similar looking to skateboarding ramps, the sculptures are functional and are site based. The metal objects are a platform for a skateboarders urban innovation or adaptions. All the sculptures have been divided with a large split through the centre of them, which is a reference to the surrounding site that has been damaged by the Christchurch earthquake.
Gladwell states he is interested in the ways the public will react to the sculptures and how they will be treated. Inflected Forms was strongly influenced by a short five minute skateboarding film called Quaked, a film that was made by local skateboarders in Christchurch soon after the earthquake hit. Gladwell says he was intrigued by the way that the local skateboarders adapted to a new environment so quickly and how they reacted to the new broken forms.I found Gladwell’s work interesting because Gladwell thinks of public art forms as forms to be skated , and I feel that is more of a skateboarders frame of mind rather than an artist critiquing other artists art. However I do feel that Gladwell’s thinking towards public art does complement Inflected forms in a sense that a skateboarding community will interact to urban environments whether they are meant to be skated or not.