Richard Brooks

The tripartite concerns of art, theology and social justice are examined in such a way as to promote an ongoing three way conversation rather than a two way argument.

To realise this intention the exhibited work comprises three elements. Each element is in itself multi layered and is not simply a representation of a single interest. The work is contemplative, to be lingered over and to be reflected on.

The first element is 77 games of noughts and crosses painted in vermilion acrylic on small black and white photographs of places of sanctuary. These photographs range from the picturesque rural landscape, to places of shelter for rough sleepers, to seascapes. This subverts the children’s game and makes for a disturbing encounter where the viewer is invited to reflect on the spectacle.

The second element is a series of silent single viewpoint videos of spaces of reflection. These include seascapes, log fires and malt chocolate milk being assimilated by and assimilating the hot milk so both are changed [each time a unique pattern of assimilation is observed]. These videos are shown on a small high resolution screen that invites the viewer to engage with the work on a more intimate level.

The third element is envisioned to be a collection of 27 million rice crispies. Each individual rice crispie is different which resonates with the uniqueness of each individual person. 27 million reflects the number of people currently trapped in modern day slavery. The repetitive nature of counting the contents of several packets resonates in some small way with the drudgery and exploitation faced by such victims. The viewers will be invited to take away a single rice crispie, resonating with sharing, culpability and empathy.

The three elements are drawn together under the umbrella of a single title Assimilation.