Convergence / Environment / Geography

In focus: Shaun Gladwell’s Pacific Undertow Sequence (Bondi)

Shaun Gladwell, Pacific Undertow Sequence (Bondi), 2010, video still: HD video, 11:21 minutes, 16:9, colour, stereo sound. Videography: Josh Raymond. Image courtesy the artist & Anna Schwartz Gallery

Pacific Undertow Sequence (Bondi) (2010) presents a pictorial inversion that calls into question our perception of space and its physics. At first, a lone surfer (Gladwell himself) is shown sitting on his surfboard as the ocean surface gently ripples and warps. Soon, it becomes obvious he is not above the surface of the ocean but floating underneath. The simple reorientation of the surfer in this environment is presented as an illusion that quickly unravels itself. At times the figure of the surfer is completely engulfed in white-wash. He is literally consumed by the sublime beauty and terror of the ocean’s forces. From this inverted orientation, the ocean is perceived as an immense volume and field of energy. While the abstracted ocean depths and shallows could be anywhere, Gladwell acknowledges a specific site in his title. The Indigenous Australian place name, Bondi, means ‘the sound of water breaking over rocks’.

Shaun Gladwell, Pacific Undertow Sequence (Bondi), 2010, video still: HD video, 11:21 minutes, 16:9, colour, stereo sound. Videography: Josh Raymond. Image courtesy the artist & Anna Schwartz Gallery

《太平洋逆流序列(邦代)》展现了一副生动的倒置画面,唤起观众对于空间及其物理特性的质疑。首先,画面中出现的是一个孤独的冲浪者(格莱德维尔本人),他坐在冲浪板上,身旁的海平面泛着微微的涟漪。不久后,你才发现原来格莱德维尔并非端坐在海面之上,而是倒浮于海平面之下。通过简单地将冲浪者重新定位,格莱德维尔呈现了一种幻象,而这种幻象又不能持久,在观众的注目下很快就昭然若揭。有时,画面中冲浪者的身影完全被白色的涂料淹没;海洋的力量惊人,而又惊人得美丽,冲浪者简直就被这样的力量消毁了。通过这种倒置的画面定位,观者体会到海洋浩瀚的宽阔感及其巨大的能量。虽然这样抽象的深海与浅海到处可见,但格莱德维尔特意在作品题目中将其定义为澳大利亚的邦代海滩。因为邦代,在澳大利亚土著语言中,意味着海浪拍打岩石的声音。

Artwork details

Shaun Gladwell
Pacific Undertow Sequence (Bondi)  2010
HD video, 16:9, colour, sound
11:21 minutes
Videography: Josh Raymond
Sound: Kazumichi Grime
Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

《太平洋逆流序列(邦代)》(2010
作者:肖恩·格莱德维尔
类型:16:9彩色有声高清视频
长度:11分21秒
摄像:乔希·雷蒙德
声音:和道·格瑞姆
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