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.

Construction Distraction Group show at NUA 15 to 19 April 2013

Art Practice -Work In ProgressPosted by Richard Wed, April 24, 2013 09:19:14
This was a very useful and positive experience - working together with 2 other MA Fine Art students, Dina & Claire. We all had our own particular concerns, things we wanted to experiment or try; and yet the show worked well together, with plenty of space to best show the works. Our work seemed to work well together and to start a further conversation.

I was able to try printing on clear adhesive vinyl that can be applied directly to the wall, as I have been impressed by a number of exhibitions at Ikon, Birmingham, where the pictures have been stuck straight on the wall.

I was pleased with the glossy clear vinyl, the detail in the images was retained and it successfully rendered the allusion of a false perspective - almost as if viewing the vista through a window on which a game of noughts and crosses had been painted with vermilion coloured acrylic paint.

I had tried printing both two grids of 20 images and one large rendition of a single image. All the painted photographs were scanned at a resolution to make prints same size as original and then I rescanned a small number at a much higher resolution so that a large print, up to size A00 could be made. This was very definitely experimental, I was doubtful how well a 10 by 15cm print would scan and print at 60cm by 90cm but I was really pleased by how well it did actually work. However I had expected the impact of the pair of grids to be greater than they were - these worked less well than I had hoped and anticipated.

It was also good to be able to try out a 58 minute video that included seascapes, chocolate milk drink, log fires in a wood-burning stove, and brief extracts of counting rice-cripsies. I was particularly pleased with how the log fires projected, with the flickering orange from the flames effecting the whole space. I received some positive feedback about the peaceful seascapes, which I found particularly encouraging as it supports my intention to make contemplative work.

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