Central to Daniel Crooks practice is the idea of the ‘time slice’. By isolating and offsetting small slices of video footage Crooks treats the elements of time and space as a physical and malleable material.
‘Daniel Crooks: Motion Studies’ at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) until Sunday 25 October brings together a selection of works that realise these concerns in varying materials – from video and photography to sculpture – with unique results. Truths Unveiled by Time 2014 marks a new direction in Crooks’s practice by translating the time-based forms shown in his screen works into physical objects. Using customised depth-sensing equipment to scan the motion of the body as it moves within a room, Crooks compiles the resulting two-dimensional sequences into lyrical three-dimensional forms.
Alongside Truths Unveiled by Time 2014 this exhibition brings together a selection of works that have inspired the development of these sculptures. Train No.1 2005 and Static No.9 (a small section of something larger) 2005 offer insight into the artist’s early studies of time slice motion, from the dream-like choreography of commuters traversing urban spaces through to the automated movements of trains, while Static No.12 (seek stillness in movement) 2010 reflects the supple tactile nature of the new sculptural forms.