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‘Storm Sequence’ focuses on the pulse of the artist’s body. Plugged into headphones, he skates old school moves (walking the dog, star walking, etc.) on a concrete pylon in front of a stormy ocean — full of surfers. Some writers think this work is a modern day take on the sublime. They’re right, but I prefer to see it as a pained hymn to cultural evolution. Skating evolved from surfing as something to do on blown-out afternoons, and here the techedup Gladwell rubs it in the surfers’ faces — “I made it to land, dude!”

Robert Cook, ‘Perth, Australia’ (Shaun Gladwell, ‘New Balance’ Perth Institute for Contemporary Art) in Art Papers, vol.28, no.4, 2004, p.60.

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