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.

Ipswich Art School "Revisitations"

Research VisitPosted by Richard Mon, June 04, 2012 18:52:20
Revisitations

This was an interesting show, with a good range of work from the Saatchi collection. My highlights were:

The "Boneshaker" by Brian Griffiths (2003) was an impressive wooden sculpture to start the exhibition, made of wood from old furniture and so large that it had had to be assembled in the Gallery; but it also fruitfully bore further prolonged enquiry. It was an intriguing, and somehow uplifting piece that despite its imposing size was not overwhelming.

Aleksandra Mir's "Newsroom" (1986-2000, 2007) was a series of large drawings drawn from a meticulous gathering of copies of Newspaper frontages over many years. Initially, because of their style and content, I mistook the drawing to be prints; this confusion was good and it seemed to add to the depth of the work. It was good that some of the drawings were on the wall of the initial gallery and they seemed to have a positive dialogue with Griffith's "Boneshaker" with furthers drawings being in a smaller gallery adjacent to this room. The small gallery's walls being filled with these works made for an interesting installation piece inits self. I hope that I will be able to realise and present my work in a such a way that not only do the individual pieces work, but they also compliment one another to form a complimentary coherent installation.

The other works that engaged me were:

Steve Bishop's "Christian Dior - J'adore (Mountain Goat)" (2008) [Taxidermied goat, concrete, chalk];

Guerra de la Paz's "Nine" (2007)[Mixed media sculptural installation] this was an intriguing sceptre that is remade in each location with all the found secondhand clothing - it seems good that it is unique in each location that it is exhibited;

Tessa Farmer's "Swarm" (2004) [Mixed media] - here the case had to be displayed in the museum, rather than the art gallery due to it's size and the access to the gallery, however serendipitously this seemed to work even better among the natural history specimens;

Bedwyr Williams's "Walk a mile in my shoes" (2006) [Installation with size 13 shoes, written notes, poster, shelving and foot-rests], this was surpassingly moving and almost spiritual.

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