Words: Erin Irwin
New-Zealand born, Melbourne-based artist Daniel Crooks has found a new home with Sullivan+Strumpf, marking another distinguished addition to their cohort of represented artists.
Crooks largely works in photography and video, with a practice that seeks to undermine the expectations associated with his chosen mediums to explore themes of temporality and motion. By using what he calls ‘time slices’, the artist transforms conventionally captured imagery piece by piece into new landscapes that are both recognisable and strange. In doing so, his works become experiential, adding the dimension of time to otherwise static images.
The artist’s recent projects include the work Boundary Conditions at the Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney, where a monumental video work juxtaposed imagery of past and present to undermine the viewer’s experience of time, as well as Structured Light at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra which celebrated the institution’s original building on the advent of it’s 40th anniversary. He has been the subject of a number of solo shows both nationally and internationally, having exhibited at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, and City Gallery Wellington and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu in New Zealand to name but a few.
His works are held in several major Australian collections such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. In New Zealand, his works can be found in the Auckland City Art Gallery, the collection of the University of Auckland and in Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu. His works are also held in collections overseas, including that of the Ars Electronica Museum in Linz, Austria, the Kadist Foundation in Paris and San Francisco and M+ in Hong Kong.
“We have been ardent admirers of Daniel’s practice for many years”, says co-founder and co-Director of Sullivan+Strumpf Ursula Sullivan, “it’s a privilege to work with an artist of such high calibre, and to support his incredible artistic journey.”
Crooks will be the subject of a solo show at the gallery’s Sydney space in March 2024, with further details to be released in September of this year.
This article was posted 25 May 2023.
Image: Daniel Crooks, Static No. 12 (seek stillness in movement), 2010. Single-channel HD video, 5.23 min, 6_9, 1080p24, stereo. Courtesy: the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney.