In the artist’s fifth solo show with the Anna Schwartz Gallery, Daniel Crooks presents Parabolic – an exhibition of new works highlighting his interest in the physical properties of time exemplified through mathematical and digital studies of sine waves and parabolas.
A leading figure in video art since the 1990’s, Crooks has long been fascinated with expanding the conventions of the linear perception of time in the moving image. He has explored the means by which an image may be stretched across time and space, slicing it into pixels and layering these into complex collages.
Expanding upon his repertoire, Crooks’ current body of work focuses on the cyclical nature of time, rotating it on its axis and achieving a depth and motion unprecedented in the moving image. Crooks will present several large single channel videos, depicting new urban portraits in his cities of predilection, Hong Kong and Melbourne.
This interest in representing time as a helix has guided Crooks’ camera to focus on the revolving entrance doors of Melbourne’s high-rise buildings. From a survey of over fifty sites, the artist has selected a handful and recorded the ever-spinning flow of figures as they advance through these propellers of corporate life.
Daniel Crooks was born in Hastings, New Zealand in 1973; he lives and works in Melbourne. Selected exhibitions include: On the Origin of Art, Museum of Old and New Art [MONA], Hobart (2016-2017); Phantom Ride, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne (2016); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); Australia, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2013); Marking Time, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012); Figuring Landscapes, Tate Modern, London, UK (2008); and Les Rencontres Internationales, National Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2008).
Daniel Crooks: Parabolic
Anna Schwartz Gallery, 185 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Exhibition: 11 February – 1 April 2017
For more information, visit: www.annaschwartzgallery.com for details.
Image: Still from Daniel Crooks, Parabolic, 2017 – courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery