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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.

Bishop’s Art Prize 2013

Art Practice -Work In Progress Posted on Sun, June 02, 2013 15:45:15

I was pleased to hear this week that my work has been selected for the exhibition at the Hostry, Norwich Cathedral (18 to 30 June).

On Thursday, I was relieved that the Hostry does have floor power sockets and so I have been able to use the preferred wooden box design for the low plinth in which the iPad will be installed.

For completeness I have attached a pdf of my submitted text, notes and diagrams:

It has been an interesting process to explore how to use the iPad so that the video loops, but so that it is not interrupted by the touching, inadvertent or otherwise, of the iPad; whilst facilitating straight forward daily start up and shut down of the video by the invigilators. I am looking forward to continuing to work on this and of performing tests to this set up and composing and checking the invigilators’ instructions of the coming days.

Exhibition Spaces 2013-05-30

NUA - weekly MA sessions Posted on Sun, June 02, 2013 09:26:05

I found it useful but rather sobering to be guided round the exhibition spaces that will be used for the NUA MA Fine Art show. It made it very real and made me feel quite daunted; and it demonstrated how much that I need to adjust my vision for exhibiting my work.

It is quite frustrating that there are no power points installed in any of the floor spaces; especially as I recently observed there to be such provision in the stone floor of an old 12th century church!

I wonder whether power could be run from above using the lighting gantry if a false wall was to be built to house the large [42″] lcd screen on one side and to hang the large print on the other. It was good to learn that there are some high quality short throw projectors available though, and this is causing me to reconsider whether to use projection – the seascapes filling the space down to the floor would work well, especially if the windows could be blocked out sufficiently to allow projection in the space with the wooden floor.

After the undergraduate shows I will need to conduct some experimentation to ascertain the quality and the size of the projected images. Potentially the log stove vistas could be projected life size at at a realistic height. So potentially two or three projectors might be required in order to facilitate showing the log burner and the seascapes from the floor level up, and the segments of counting rice crispies at a somewhat higher level. This could be achieved by making a two [or more] channel video and using a computer to project the two synchronised channels.

I would also like to explore how projecting on to the silver vinyl would work and whether the large “Assimilation Games” print could actually form the back drop to the projection which would only be briefly fully visible if a short period(s) [of a few seconds] of blank projection were built into the video loop. Again I would need to experiment to see if a black or white or indeed grey or whatever projection would work best for the ‘blank screen’. I am quite excited at the prospect of exploring these possibilities as such a presentation strategy seems to compliment and resonate with the theme and title of the work [i.e. “Assimilation”].

The positioning of the two plinths [one with the bowl of rice crispies and one with the iPad showing the “Assimilation Drinks” video loop] would need to be carefully considered, as would the positioning of the two projectors. As I would still like the placement of the various elements to have some resonance with labyrinth. In addition I need to consider the potential for shadows and interruption of the projected images by both the plinths and the audience and how to best utilise or minimise this effect. The “Assimilation” text would be awaiting discovery on the opposite wall [together with the projectors].