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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.

Gallery Visits

Research Visit Posted on Wed, October 17, 2012 13:08:57

So far this month I have made a three research visits to galleries:

4 Oct 2012

Alphabet, Michael Craig-Martin [A Hayward Touring exhibition at The Gallery at NUCA]

This was an impressive show of 26 screen prints, the installation of which enhanced the viewing experience using 5 surfaces to both provide sufficient space for each print and also to have the effect of disrupting the expected sequence. This resonated well the works themselves where the object and the letter in each print do not correspond

5 Oct 2012

By the Rivers of Birminam, Vanley Burke, [at MAC, Birmingham]

This powerful retrospective of photographs documenting the Caribbean community in and around Birmingham over the past 5 decades. All the images were B&W and the continuity of image making had the unsettling dislocating effect of being unable to readily distinguish the era for each image without closely examining the image and even then, I was often surprised when I checked the date in the accompanying text. The installation and pictures worked well together to engage the viewer more closely contemplating the work. This is the result that I am also seeking for my own work.

13 Oct 2012 [Firstsite, Colchester]

Sorry I’m Late, Anthea Hamilton

The piece that I found most engaging and satisfying was the Yogic Travolta Screensaver & Clock, 2012 over 5 large screens (London, Paris, Tokyo, Milan, New York) as one entered the building; referencing clocks showing world times that might be found in large banking institutions.

Painting, Collage, Film, Humphrey Jennings

In one work Jennings had applied paint to a photographic silver gelatine print; the paint was a spectrum of colour that was parallel to and balanced the tall industrial chimney in the photograph. He was exploring the intertextuality of the two media to make a unique dialogue in the work. When I first viewed this piece I was reminded of some of Gerhard Richter’s work where he used a similar technique with found colour photographs and I wondered whether Richter had been influenced by the work of Jennings decades earlier. As yet I have been unable to discern whether or not Richter was influenced by Jennings.

9 Oct 2012 Thought for the Day

Other Research Posted on Wed, October 17, 2012 12:50:56

It was interesting to find this reflection on the vandalism of one of Rothko’s “seagram murals” – especially after the discussion at NUCA the previous week.

One of the questions that Lucy Winkett poses that I think is particularly telling and relevant to my own practice:

If an artist themselves makes something designed to provoke a reaction, can such a reaction be objected to?