James Brooks’ practice utilises radio, film, television and paper-based media sources of varying cultural status as starting points to make works within drawing, print, audio and video. His practice implements a variety of slight to laborious interventions as a means to realise esoteric manipulations of the original source material. This artistic activity is an attempt to explore the position and reception of data, information and imagery within society. Through exploiting the context of the specific information the viewing experience as a result is elegantly extended.
Since completing his MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in 2004, Brooks has exhibited widely, both in the UK and internationally, at galleries including Tate Britain, Seventeen, Arcade and Riflemaker in London, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, Trinity Contemporary, New York, Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Norway and Galerie Laurent Mueller, Paris.
Solo exhibitions have included 126 Gallery, Ireland and Galerie Martina Detterer, Frankfurt (both 2011), Trinity Contemporary, London (2010) and Monika Bobinska Gallery, London (2008). In June 2012 Brooks will have a solo exhibition at DOMO BAAL, London.
Brooks curated the Arts Council-funded drawing exhibition Until it Makes Sense (2006) and wrote on Contemporary Drawing for the publication/ symposium Drawing: the future held at The National Gallery, London and in 2007 he was selected for Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures held at Bloomberg SPACE.
His work is held in collections including The University of Arts London, Thaddaeus Ropac, The Gottesman Collection and David Roberts Arts Foundation.
Brooks lives and works in London.