Daniel Crooks has one hell of a CV. He’s shown around the world in various prestigious institutions – such as the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, The Barbican Centre in London and the Singapore Art Museum – as well as across Australia and New Zealand. This month however, you can catch his latest suite of works, Remapping, at Anna Schwartz Gallery in Sydney.
Remapping continues Crooks’ fascination with the physical properties of time, taking the viewer on a journey through a displaced sequence of time, manipulating the predetermined notions of the portrait, landscape and space and chronology.
Crooks presents an intriguing series of portraits that reference early methods of portraiture in which the subject spends considerable periods of time with the artist. In his case, however, Crooks plays with the temporal image – an indexical trace of the time he spent with his subject – captured by his custom-designed, motion control video camera that moves around a preset frame of the shot.
The video series traces mesmeric and engaging street scenes that reflect the complexity of urban life; the laneways breathe, contracting and expanding, creating a seemingly impossible world of perpendicular streets. Cloud Atlas captures a a predetermined journey through the streets of Fitzroy, Melbourne with only the intangible material of the sky and landmarks in the air to guide us. Reflecting our attempts to describe and navigate the world with rigid systems, Crooks reminds us that our own realities are constituted through perception.
Remapping shows Anna Schwartz Gallery until September 29.