Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Daniel Crooks returns to mesmerise Christchurch audiences

31 March, 2014

Daniel Crooks returns to mesmerise Christchurch audiences

Celebrated New Zealand-born video artist Daniel Crooks’ time-bending meditations on reality are returning to a screen near you in Christchurch.

From 5 April, Christchurch Art Gallery will exhibit four of Crooks’ remarkable digital works — all created using his distinctive “time-slicing” technique — which stretch and fragment urban scenes and everyday sights.

This is the second time that Crooks’ works have been shown in Christchurch, following his highly acclaimed solo exhibition, everywhere instantly, at Christchurch Art Gallery in 2008.

The centrepiece of his latest exhibition is the spellbinding Static No.12 (seek stillness in movement), which features an elderly man practicing t’ai chi in Shanghai’s Xujiahui Park.

Celebrating the slow, physical poetry of that discipline, Crooks turns an intimate, everyday moment into a powerful contemplation on the movement of the body through space and time.

Christchurch Art Gallery Director Jenny Harper says it is Crooks’ ability to reorder reality that resonates with audiences.

“Through his mesmerising digital works, Daniel Crooks wields an incredible power — the power to make people stop and think.

“He takes what we recognise as being familiar or reality, and then he warps and reorients it, so that all you can do is be hypnotised by what’s happening right in front of you.

“The exhibition, Seek Stillness in Movement, will offer viewers a thought-provoking take on urban existence, as well as an oasis amidst the bustle of the rebuild,” she says.

Born in Hastings in 1973 and now based in Melbourne, Daniel Crooks is a graduate of the Auckland Institute of Technology and the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and Television.

In 1997, he received an Australia Council Fellowship to research motion control at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Crooks’ works have appeared in significant exhibitions in Australia — including Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2013–14 and Primavera 2003 at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art — and in Europe, the UK, the United States and Asia. Last year, a major survey of his work was presented at the Samstag Museum of Art, in Adelaide.

Seek Stillness in Movement will be at Christchurch Art Gallery’s temporary exhibition space, 209 Tuam Street, Christchurch, from 5 April to 2 June. Entry is free of charge.

Opening times: 10am–5pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am–4pm, Saturday and Sunday.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Album Review: Donnie Trumpet And The Social Experiments: Surf

Chance the Rapper is one of my favourite rappers of the last couple years. He bought a uniquely fucked up, acid sound with his debut Acid Rap which has demonstrably influenced others including ILoveMakonnen and A$AP Rocky. It’s remarkable that, at such a ... More>>

Photos: Inside The Christchurch Arts Centre Rebuild

Lady Pippa Blake visited Christchurch Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt, a 2015 recipient of the Blake Leader Awards. The award celebrated Lovatt’s leadership in New Zealand and hisand dedication to the restoration of the Arts Centre. More>>

Running Them Up The Flagpole: Web Tool Lets Public Determine New Zealand Flag

A School of Design master’s student is challenging the flag selection process by devising a web tool that allows the public to feed their views back in a way, he says, the current government process does not. More>>

ALSO:

Survey: ‘The Arts Make My Life Better’: New Zealanders

New Zealanders are creative people who believe being involved in the arts makes their lives better and their communities stronger. Nine out of ten adult New Zealanders (88%) agree the arts are good for them and eight out of ten (82%) agree that the arts help to improve New Zealand society. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Reprieve For Te Papa Press

Following its review of the role of Te Papa Press, Te Papa has committed to continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment, Chief Executive Rick Ellis announced yesterday. More>>

Law Society: Sir Peter Williams QC, 1934 - 2015

“Sir Peter was an exceptional advocate. He had the ability to put the defence case for his clients with powerful oratory. His passion shone through in everything he did and said.” Mr Moore says Sir Peter’s lifelong commitment to prison reform was instrumental in ensuring prison conditions and the rights of prisoners were brought to public attention. More>>

ALSO:

CTU: Peter Conway – Family Statement

Peter committed his whole working life to improving the lives of working people, both in unions and, more recently, as the Economist and Secretary of the Council of Trade Unions. He was previously Chair of Oxfam New Zealand and was on the Board of NZ Trade and Enterprise. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news