High St (after Ruscha)

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Daniel Crooks’ virtuosic video-scapes have captivated audiences from across the world. In this latest work, commissioned by Bundoora Homestead Art Centre for the Darebin Art Collection, Crooks has documented his own neighbourhood in High Street, Preston, a daunting task that manifests in what the artist describes as 64 ‘worlds’ stitched together from the point where High Street intersects Dundas Street all the way up to Tyler Street. The title pays homage to American artist Edward Ruscha’s (1937-) photographic documentation of the infamous Sunset Boulevard in the city of Los Angeles. Ruscha described the city as ‘the ultimate card-board cut out town’. It is precisely the two-dimensional flatness presented in each page of Ruscha’s concertina books that is clearly referenced in Crooks’ new work.

Practising across a range of media including digital video, photography and installation, Daniel Crooks’ digital images stretch and distort reality while questioning our perception of it. A graduate of the Auckland Institute of Technology and the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and Television, Crooks received an Australia Council Fellowship in 1997 to research motion control at RMIT. His reputation grew rapidly, with representation in important group exhibitions in Australia (including ‘Primavera 2003’ at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art) and in Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States and Asia. His work is held in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, ACMI, Melbourne, MONA, Tasmania.