Daniel Crooks’ practice includes photography, digital media and installation. Using a range of techniques including stop-motion animation, time-lapse and precision camera motion control, Crooks breaks down the conventional relationship between time and space. His complex time structures reveal a sensibility seemingly at odds with the ordinariness of the subject matter, which often include the motion of trams, trains, elevators and city pedestrians. Many of his video artworks explore the boundaries of the medium itself.
Daniel Crooks was born in Hastings, New Zealand in 1973 and currently lives and works in Melbourne. He is a graduate of the Auckland Institute of Technology and the Victorian College of the Arts (School of Film and Television). Crooks’ films and photography have been exhibited both locally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include: Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam;
Level 2 Project Space and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney – both in 2005; and Time Slice held at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne in 2002. Daniel Crooks’ work was included in Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney in 2003. He was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2004–05) and at the Australia Council Studio, London, UK (2005).
Daniel Crooks is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, and Starkwhite, Auckland.