DANIEL CROOKS: BOUNDARY CONDITIONS
Boundary Conditions is an ambitious video work that seamlessly weaves together an alternate world […]Read More
Daniel Crooks: the Subtle Knife
Until 31 January in Times Square, Manhattan
As the residual dystopia of 2020 persists even with the turn of the new year, the Melbourne-based digital artist Daniel Crooks, who is best known for his works that distort perception and temporal experience, has produced a hypnotising video work that aims to transport viewers to a “place where the world is less concrete”, the artist says, and where the “models we have in our heads of what is real becomes slightly less fixed”. Shown across 72 synchronised electronic billboards above mostly shuttered retail spaces in New York’s Times Square — which has become an ominous space since the onset of the pandemic left it desolate — the work is reminiscent of a time-lapse video on loop, where train tracks and receding doorways lead the viewer to vaguely familiar but fleeting parallel worlds.
The work is being presented by Times Square Arts in partnership with the Asia Society Museum and the inaugural Asia Society Triennial, titled We Do Not Dream Alone and on view in multiple venues until 7 February. The work is part of Times Square’s Midnight Moment, a year-long programme of digital exhibitions that are shown monthly from 11:57 to midnight.
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