Daniel Crooks, The Subtle Knife (still), 2016. HD, multichannel video Duration: 2 minutes, 10 seconds. © Daniel Crooks. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery. Image © Daniel Crooks. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery
Dreaming With: Daniel Crooks
In the lead up to the Triennial opening, our Dreaming With Q&A series provides an exclusive glimpse into the artists’ lives and studios.
Where have you been during the lockdown?
At home, in Melbourne. Thankfully we have a large back garden.
Is there anything you have found yourself cooking a lot of, and if so, would you be open to sharing the recipe with our readers?
My partner has become a sourdough master. This is her recipe of choice: https://www.theperfectloaf.com/best-sourdough-recipe/
What are you reading?
Fiction: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Nonfiction: 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 by Nick Montfort, Patsy Baudoin, John Bell, Ian Bogost, Jeremy Douglass, Mark C. Marino, Michael Mateas, Casey Reas, Mark Sample and Noah Vawter
What music are you listening to?
Have you seen any particularly good digital exhibitions in the past few months?
Not really, but it was a very small sample.
What do you find yourself working on most during quarantine?
I’ve been doing a lot of digital housekeeping.
How has your studio practice changed in recent months?
The studio has shrunk to two computers and a desk (I’ve even lost my shed to the teenagers), so everything is very compressed.
Have you created any art in response to the pandemic?
Not directly, it’s more like the work that hasn’t been created as a result of the pandemic.
What artists most inspire you?
I’ve spent twenty minutes trying to answer this question, it’s too hard.
What are you most looking forward to about participating in the upcoming inaugural Asia Society Triennial?
Seeing the work spread across the iconic canvas of Times Square.
What do you most want viewers to take away from experiencing your work in the Triennial?
That perhaps the world is not as concrete as we might suppose.
Has your perspective as an artist changed in the midst of the pandemic?
Undoubtedly, though I don’t think I’ll know exactly how for some time.
Are there any fun facts about your practice you would like to share with readers?
Nothing that immediately jumps to mind...