Melbourne-based artist Daniel Crooks explores the elasticity of time and space through his ‘time slice’ projects which isolate and offset small slices of video footage to create mesmerising studies of people and the world. More recently, his work has extruded into the third dimension, with the use of time as a physical medium.
‘Daniel Crooks: Motion Studies’ opens at GOMA this Saturday, featuring important touchstones from the young artist’s career to date. The syncopated rhythms of early works Elevator No.4 2003 and Train No.1 2005 are projected at a large scale, alongside his still and video ‘Imaginary objects’ series, and recent fluid moving image works such as Static No.12 (seek stillness in movement) 2010. Created with custom-designed software and precision camera motion control devices, these projects transform moments of urban restlessness with dream-like choreography.
The exhibition follows the evolution of Crooks’ practice with new works that capture an impression of motion over time in plastic sculptural forms. Developed during his residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria, the Truths Unveiled by Time sculptures capture a abstracted and elegant kinetic beauty
Join exhibition curator Amanda Slack-Smith in conversation with Daniel Crooks at 1.30pm this Saturday 8 August in Cinema B, GOMA, for insights into the artist’s career and current practice, followed by a screening of selected recent video works.
‘Daniel Crooks: Motion Studies’ is on view until 25 October 2015.