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.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge [2012-02-10]

Research VisitPosted by Richard Wed, February 15, 2012 12:42:34
This was an enlightening visit, discovering such as rich resource as the Fitzwilliam Museum; I was particularly impressed by the range of permanent displays and the reference library and I expect to return on many future occasions.

During the visit though I concentrated on the three temporary shows:

1. Grey Matters: Graphite - the video installation, Burst by James Eden & Olly Rocks, of graphite filled gallons being burst and the resulting patterns being made was almost mesmerising - it was a shame that there was such a definite break between each instance where the whole screen went black. I would also have liked to see some of the actual paper pieces displayed as part of the show. I also wondered what proportion was being shown in the video - how many other instances were there [if any] that were deemed not to work, that did not make engaging patterns of graphite on the paper.

2. Prints - The prints which have been engraved after the paintings of M. Chardin... have become fashionable prints, which... have dealt a blow to serious prints... The public enjoys seeing the events which occur daily in their own homes, and do not hesitate to give those preference over more sophisticated subjects. [Quoted in Roland Michel Chardin, 1996 p.238., as used in Fitzwilliam online resource accessed 2012-02-15 (http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/dept/pdp/onlinepublications/other/chardin_handlist.pdf) The range of print makers and interpretations of the work of a single artist [painter] was well worth contemplating. It supports the augment that each viewer in a sense makes their own picture from the work that is shown.

3. African Head rests - Ttiumph, protection and dreams: The East African headrest in context [although East African was somewhat stretched to allow the inclusion of Egyptian example]. It was intriguing to study these artefacts - some over 4000 years old some far more recent, and in many cases the antiquity of the items was quite deceptive - some over 4000years seemed more intricate and ornate than those that were a few hundred years younger - which seemed counter intuitive.


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