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Richard Brooks - Reflective Journal

About the Artist RWB Journal

My work is informed by my personal faith, sense of vulnerability, bereavement, and, my personal experience.

My practice centres on addressing social justice issues of the human condition. I avoid making work of any individual person; so that neither, is the individual stigmatised, nor is the work unduly personalised.

Since January 2012 I have used this blog as part of my reflective journal.
Included in this journal is some of my documentation of my research; the underlined text provides links to web pages etc that have formed part of my research.
The Research Visits category includes some responses to gallery visits.

Current Artists

Art Practice -Work In Progress Posted on Fri, May 25, 2012 22:40:58

Over the last couple of days I have been reflecting on which “current artists” are working with similar concerns and influence/ inspire or resonate with my own work. The artists that I have thus far identified are [please click on artist to open either their website or an artist information page provided by a gallery]:

Mark Wallinger

Jeremy Deller

Noel Douglas

Douglas Fishbone

Peter Kennard (to 2001) and kennardphillipps (from 2002 to date[2012])

Dana Popa

Grayson Perry

Josh MacPhee

John Keane

Synopsis of Video

Art Practice -Work In Progress Posted on Fri, May 25, 2012 12:32:07

Below is a copy of the synopsis for my recent video piece:


Art Experiment: Dreaming of A Better World


Video, with sound [duration 4min 35sec] (2011-12)


Since autumn 2011 I have been documenting instances of paused TV/dvd/ iPlayer etc within my own domestic setting. Concurrently regularly returning to a specific 200 metre stretch of beach gathering detritus from human activity.

The images of the gathered rubbish are emblematic of how we mistreat one another. The audio seascape resonates with the ebb and flow of the human condition.

In the video, the juxtaposition between paused TV images and images of gleaned beach detritus is a metaphor for how we are preoccupied by the trivial, whilst we simultaneously damage our natural, and human, environment.

And here is the link to the video:-

Video – Art Expriment: Dreaming of a Better World

Art Practice -Work In Progress Posted on Fri, May 25, 2012 09:49:51

It has been good spending the last couple of weeks working on this video, adding photos documenting paused TV/video/iplayer that had not previously been included; all such images appearing in strict chronological order in the work – creating interesting relationships and apparent narratives.

I also added a couple of further images of collections of found detritus and changed the placings of some of the previously including photographs of detritus to take account of the additional images of paused screens. All the photographs of collected detritus appear in chronological order according to the date of their collection – but the two time lines have deliberately not been precisely synchronised, but rather deliberately spaced to create aesthetic and narrative interest.

I then went on to crop all the paused images to be the same size [in postcard proportions] so that the contrast between the paused images and the photographs would be more consistent and definite. The audio then had to be further readjusted to take account of the new duration etc.

It was also good to build on the work I had done on the pamphlet to produce a 100 word synopsis of the work.

Bill Viola at SCVA

Research Visit Posted on Fri, May 25, 2012 09:38:12

It was good to see these 4 pieces in the lower gallery; which complimented the “Submerged-Spaces” show. A sense of occasion and anticipation was given by having to travel down to the underground lower gallery.

I was surprised at how well it worked having 3 multiscreen works in the same room with a large, single screen projected piece in the next room. The projected piece was the only one with an audio element, and although the sound bled into the other gallery space this did not really detract from meditating on those three works.

I enjoyed the show and was pleased with how the gallery space had been utilised to provide the physical and aesthetic space conducive to meditating on the works. Such a meditative space and encounter is how I aspire for much of my work to be encountered.

Please click here for further information on the show from the SCVA website.