Richard Brooks - Reflective Journal

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.

MAC - Birmingham [2012-05-01]

Research VisitPosted by Richard Wed, May 02, 2012 11:21:49
It was good to spend a couple of hours at MAC yesterday, viewing their new artist allotment scheme - where the arena gallery has been split into 10 plots with an artist or group of artists being allocated a plot to use as an exhibition space during 2012. This would be good to be replicated in other regions; indeed I wish there was such a scheme in Norwich where perhaps the current cohort of Part Time MA Fine Art students could work together to put on a rolling program in one such plot.

In the first floor gallery there was a fantastic video installation by Tom Price Sentinals. There were three projections [man 10, man 11, and man 12 (all 2012)] that could be seen from front or back each showing a different 3min stop motion animated video of a sculptured head with minimal head movement but with the eyes moving and incredibly well done representation of blinking.

I really enjoyed the physicality of the installation and was impressed by how three complementary silent videos could fill, but not overwhelm such a large gallery space. It transformed the space into a space for meditation and exploration. I aspire to be able to make such an installation myself; to create a space for meditative contemplation where the viewer can engage with the work and the questions it raises - to create the space which could provide the opportunity for fresh insights, new horizons or priorities - i.e. for change.

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