Daniel Crooks began his ongoing Time Slice project in 1999, exploring alternative models of spatio-temporal representation through the moving image. One of the main threads of this investigation is the formal treatment of time as a spatial dimension, as a tangible and malleable material. Crooks’ Imaginary Object series is abstract but engaging, still but moving. The works, with their vaguely familiar, half-real objects cast adrift by time and space, begin with the tradition of still life but end as gently moving portraits.
Practicing across a range of media including digital video, photography and installation, Daniel Crooks has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally. His work featured in the 2010 Biennale of Sydney, The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age.
Selected solo exhibitions include Everywhere Instantly, Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand and Imaginary Objects, Institute for Modern Art, Brisbane, 2008; Pan No.2 (one step forwards, one frame backwards), Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2007; Daniel Crooks, REMO, Osaka, Japan and Time Slice, Lovebytes: Environments, The Workstation, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 2006; and 2 videos & 2 devices, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, 2005.