On your marks, get set
Artist Daniel Crooks, who originally hails from Hastings, has won the Australian inaugural $100,000, Basil Sellers Art Prize for ‘Static no. 11 (man running)’, a computer-modified video of champion athlete Christopher Brown sprinting on a treadmill. Melbourne-based Crooks beat a field of 54 works by 16 artists to win the award established by the philanthropic businessman to unite sport and art. Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Chris McAuliffe, said yesterday that he and his fellow judges were struck by the “visual, technical and historical complexity of the piece”, which creates “a lingering, poetic image of the body in motion.” Crooks works as a video designer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. His first New Zealand exhibition, ‘Everywhere Instantly’, is on at Christchurch Art Gallery through November 9.