Daniel Crooks and Jae Hoon Lee
03 May–21 June 200803 May–21 Jun 2008
This exhibition juxtaposes two artists exploring digital imaging.
Melbourne’s Daniel Crooks is known for his ‘time slice’ videos, which draw on the precedents of cubism and the chronophotography of Etienne-Jules Marey and Eadweard Muybridge. Crooks computer processes original video footage so that each frame contains areas from the original shot, but from different moments in time. The effect is to spatialise time and to temporalise space. Sometimes Crooks so distorts and abstracts his subjects that they become unrecognisable; other times the effect is subtle, suggesting an uncanny bulge in an otherwise familiar scene.
At art school, New Zealand artist Jae Hoon Lee began using a flatbed scanner to record changes in his skin. He documented sores, pores, freckles, and hairs in gross detail, pressed up against the glass, then collaged the scans to create sheets of skin, deranged diaristic bodyscapes, which he presented as photographs and videos. He has gone on to create other works exploring the relationship between the perspectiveless gaze of the scanner and computer image processing and our conventional expectations of photography.