Taking pedestrian traffic as its subject and the urban environs of Sydney City as its location, Static No.25 (George Street, March 1, 2020) is a study in time and motion—part abstraction, part data graphic, and part anthropological film.
Daniel Crooks is a sculptor, photographer and time-based artist. He is best known for his digital video and photographic works that capture and alter time and motion. Describing his work as “looking at time from the side”, Crooks manipulates digital imagery as though it were a physical material, sculpting time, frame by frame. The resulting works expand our sense of temporality by manipulating digital ‘time slices’ that are normally imperceptible to the human eye.
In Static No.25 (George Street, March 1, 2020) Crooks takes the everyday familiarity of the street and expands our sense of perceptible time and motion; pedestrians in this work are made into imaginary, temporal objects composed of both time and matter. Sited in the public foyer of UTS Central, the video can be read on two levels: from inside the foyer in detail and from the street, at a distance. As the work echoes its location, moments of serendipity occur between the pedestrian movement depicted on screen and the movement of those walking past it in real time.
The work was filmed and produced between two periods of extreme environmental and social change: the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season and the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic. Accordingly, Crooks notes that the footage feels historic, as it captures citizens moving in, and recovering from, a period of environmental pollution and devastation and engaging in an everyday social activity – walking together in the city – that only weeks later, was no longer possible.
Static No.25 (George Street, March 1, 2020) plays at daily intervals between other commissions on the UTS Broadway Screen.
Born: Hastings, New Zealand in 1973. Lives and works Melbourne, Australia.
Daniel Crooks is a sculptor, photographer and time-based artist. He has exhibited prolifically throughout New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Peru and Singapore. He has participated in the 17th Biennale of Sydney in 2010,and Figuring Landscape at the Tate Modern in London. He has also won numerous awards including the inaugural Prudential Eye Award 2014, Singapore, and the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission 2014, Australia.
Solo exhibitions include Phantom Ride, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne (2016); Truths Unveiled by Time, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2014); Daniel Crooks, Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia (2013); A Garden of Parallel Paths, Monash University Museum of Art, Australia (2013); Daniel Crooks: Pan No.2, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand (2010).
Crooks’ work has featured in numerous group exhibitions, including So Long as You Move, Ark Galerie, Indonesia (2014); Marking Time, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (2012); Parallel Collisions: 2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2012); 2010 Move on Asia, Tate Modern, London (2010).
Public collections include the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; M+ / Museum of Visual Culture, Hong Kong; Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; UQ Art Museum, The University of Queensland, Brisbane; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; and the Chartwell Collection, Auckland.