Civic piazze of Italy
Piazza di Santa Maria, Trastevere
2016
Gouache, scalpel, and pencil on watercolour paper
21 x 21cm























James Brooks
Transformation of cities 
(Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen & Helsinki)
2016
Gouache, scalpel, & pencil on watercolour paper
42 x 29.7cm

Galleria Opere Scelte

Art Copenhagen/ Code Art fair



















James Brooks
Civic spaces of Italy: 
Parco della Rimembranza, Trieste
2016
Gouache, scalpel, and pencil on watercolour paper
21 x 21cm
















James Brooks
Civic piazze of Italy
2016
Gouache, scalpel, & pencil on watercolour paper 
21 x 21cm











Abridged series: 
Lives of Artists by Giorgio Vasari (Pietro Perugino)
2016
Gouache, scalpel, and pencil on water colour paper 
29.7 x 21cm













James Brooks 
Arrondissements of Paris (detail)
2015/ 16
Gouache, scalpel, and pencil on watercolour paper
10 x 15cm each














James Brooks 
Arrondissements of Paris
2015/ 16
Gouache, scalpel, and pencil on watercolour paper
10 x 15cm













James Brooks 

Transformation of a city (Palmyra)
2016
Pencil, scalpel, and gouache on archival watercolour paper
42 x 29.7cm













Exhibition view at galerie laurent mueller, Paris
Courtesy galerie laurent mueller, Photograph © William Gaye

James Brooks
The Archivist 

From June 14th to July 16th, 2016

Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.
Marcel Proust

Last spring, the artist James Brooks and I agreed that he would utilise the gallery for a short residency in Paris to allow him to develop his ideas and realise new work. Obviously I accepted as there is nothing better than to be able to support an artist’s work. Hence, James stayed, explored and worked at the gallery for a few weeks in the summer of 2015. After the successful solo exhibition Facts and Fictions in 2013, I am very happy that James is now showing work that he made in the gallery during this residency.

What distinguishes the historian from the collector of historical facts is generalisation.
E. H. Carr

James is a master at transforming one information in order to render it in the form of an abstract artwork or to encourage an alternate reading. This process of abstraction could be confused for being one of obstruction, whereas it is in reality a way to transmit James’ interests. He likes to explore how the current society has evolved from ancient civilisations, but also to use the scientific innovations of then - nowadays perfectly assimilated - such as Greek geometry, Latin alphabet, Arabic decimal system, coins... to create system-based series of drawings, paintings, and audio as well as video works.

Study the past if you would define the future.
Confucius

The gallery is situated in the ancient Marais area of Paris, one of the few areas that has not been transformed by the Haussmann reforms in the 19th century. Here, the urban structure is still very much as it was when it developed in the 16th century. Furthermore, our street is the rue des Archives, named for the National Archives that were established 1808 in the Hôtel de Soubise (dating back to 1371). As I always ask: “What else is a gallery, if not an archive of artistic activity?”. Thus the address proved to be providential, even more so, as James himself can be considered an archivist.

History is simply a piece of paper covered with print: the main thing is to make history, not to write it.
Otto von Bismarck











James Brooks 
Abridged series:
Vasari - Lives of the Artists (Filippo Lippi)
2016
Gouache, scalpel, and pencil on archival watercolour paper
29.7 x 21cm 

The Archivist

Galerie Laurent Mueller, Paris






















Solo show - 
The Archivist
11 June - 16 July 2016
Galerie Laurent Mueller
Rue des Archives
Paris
http://www.galerielaurentmueller.com/en/artistes/view/2/brooks-james
Glass magazine review for DR/ OP group exhibition -
http://www.theglassmagazine.com/connect-opens-new-show-drop-onomichi-hiroshima/
Group show -
DR/ OP Installation photo
2016
Saturates (International Herald Tribune)
Group show -
DR/OP Installation photo
2016
Saturates (International Herald Tribune)










Group show -
DR/ OP Installation photo
2016
Saturates (International Herald Tribune)

DR/OP Group show -  
Saturates (International Herald Tribune)






















Group Show -
DR/OP 
3 - 22 May 2016 
Komyoji-Kaikan
2–1 Higashitsuchido-cho
Onomichi-shi
Hiroshima
Japan
http://komyoji-kaikan.blogspot.com/

Group show -
The Missing: Rebuilding the past
15 April - 7 May 2016
Jessica Carlisle Gallery
4 Mandeville Place
London 
W1U 2BF











Group show -
The Missing: Rebuilding the past
15 April - 7 May 2016
Jessica Carlisle Gallery
4 Mandeville Place
London 
W1U 2BF
www.jessicacarlisle.com
BBC online press for The Missing group show -
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36070721


Group show
The Missing: Rebuilding the past
15th April - 7th May 2016
Jessica Carlisle Gallery
4 Mandeville Place
London 
W1U 2BF
www.jessicacarlisle.com






















James Brooks 

Civic piazze of Tuscany - Piazza dei miracoli, Pisa
2016
Gouache, scalpel, and pencil on watercolour paper
21 x 21cm  























James Brooks 
Pillars of Hercules - EU Embassies in Brussels
2015
29.7 x 21 cm each














Installation shot:
Geometra
2016
Monica Bobinska/ Canal Projects
London










Installation shot -
Geometra
2016
Monika Bobinska/ Canal Projects
London

















Installation shot - 
Geometra 
2016
Monika Bobinska/ Canal Projects
London








James Brooks 
The Stoic Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (video still)
2016
7 System based audio pieces/ generic google search
22minutes








Paul Carey-Kent 
Review of  Geometra

James Brooks' subtle drawing-originated practice delights in using coded realities as the basis for apparent abstraction, and the seven methodological strands of Geometra also link the classical world to contemporary communications and terrorism. The result is the simplest-seeming complex show you could wish for. The audio slideshow Stoic Meditations of Marcus Aurelius combines three elements: seven black and white images of Syrian Roman Ruins as they were before the current conflict; seven selections from the ancient text chosen for resonance in the context; and a musical score for harp and flute derived from the sequencing of letters in the quotes. We're flickering between chance and calamity; yet the 22 minute whole is ambiently meditative.


http://paulsartworld.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/top-ten-up-now.html
250 words or less  

Review of:
James Brooks - Geometra

14 Jan
 - 6 Feb 2016

Monika Bobinska/ Canal Projects, London


Brooks dissects civic spaces into their constituent parts analysing how each are experiences of European social order, at the junction between the contemporary and historical.  He has brought together these elements – Roman roads, Ancient Greek lakes, town squares, and urban boundaries – re-imagining them as a cartographer, containing them within the boundaries of pure geometry devoid of the organic and the human.


The shapes are precision cut and reapplied to a base that contains the geometric super-structure. Up-close you can see the calculations, lines, and intimate geometric explorations; from afar, we are presented with a birds-eye view of each series rendered in flat colour.


I found the most successful works to be Paris’ twenty Arrondissements and the Tuscan Piazze. The former are no longer shown as a puzzle piece within ‘l’escargot’, but instead as individual areas in grey gauche. This is not the usual experience of a map of Paris, but is probably closer to how the Arrondissements’ demarcating boarders are used to order Parisian civic life.  The latter shows the four main piazze of Tuscany’s major cities; each space the flash-point of the historical, religious and civic, and are painted in the umber and terracotta that colour the Tuscan landscape. 


Though conceptual, this exhibition is not alienating as it investigates the universal familiarity of civic life through the most basic of shapes.  The aesthetic is such that should the viewer be armed with only the title of the work, it is apparent what is being observed.


(246 words)


http://250wordsorless.tumblr.com
James Brooks 
Geometra

14 Jan - 6 Feb 2016

Monika Bobinska/ Canal Projects 

60 De Beauvoir Crescent
London 
N1 5SB

info@canalprojects.info

www.canalprojects.info





















James Brooks
Civic piazze of Tuscany (Siena)
2016
Pencil, cuts & gouache on watercolour paper
21 x 21 cm

Group Show -
Contemporary British Drawing
Academy of Fine Arts
Xi'an, China
Dec 2015 - Jan 2016

Contemporary British Drawing - Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, December 2015

While Western contemporary art in general is now quite frequently shown in China, this is the first show devoted specifically to contemporary drawing from Britain and represents a very interesting area for fresh investigation. Traditional European drawing has been a foundation of Chinese academic study from the Renaissance through to Impressionism and up to Soviet Social Realism.  In contrast, the study of developments in Western drawing since the beginning of the 20 century, especially after the second world war has been left almost blank. Therefore this show will provide a rare opportunity for the Chinese public to discover the diversity and depth of Western drawing today. The definition of drawing in the West has become more dynamic and conceptualised than ever.  The aim of this exhibition is that it might encourage a wider discussion and an exciting dialogue on the subject of drawing between China and the West. 

British artists have been a driving force for art across the globe since the end of the 20th centuryBritish Drawing can be seen as a specific aspect of British creativity.  At the request of Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, we have especially included in the show two pieces by the iconic British masters Lucian Freud and David Hockney, who both had a considerable impact on the development of Chinese academic practice since China opened its doors to the West in 1978. However, more importantly for the aim of this exhibition is to bring to the Chinese public for the first time a collection of the most recent drawings by British artists. 


For more information - 
http://www.contemporarybritishdrawing.com/james-brooks.html
















James Brooks -
Spaces of cerebral exchange (Uffizi, Florence, Italy)
2015
Pencil and ink on watercolour postcard
10 x 14.8cm
















Booth - 
Galerie Laurent Mueller, Paris
Art 15 - Art Fair - Olympia - London
21 - 23 May 2015






















James Brooks
Forecastings - Vienna
2015
Acrylic & pencil on prepared portrait linen
45 x 35 cm






















James Brooks
Forecastings - Moscow
2015
Acrylic & pencil on prepared portrait linen
45 x 35 cm






















James Brooks
Forecastings - Salzburg
2015
Acrylic & pencil on prepared portrait linen
45 x 35 cm 







James Brooks
Spaces of Cerebral Exchange (Rochester Art Gallery)
2015
Pencil on ink on watercolour postcard
10 x 14.8cm


Group show - 
DATA
03 April - 31 May 2015 

Rochester Art Gallery
95 High Street
Rochester
Kent
England
























James Brooks -
Mercantile conversation III
2015
Pencil & Ink on paper
29.7 x 21 cm 


Group show - 
THE OFFICE OF GRAVITATIONAL DOCUMENTS
12 March - 25 March 2015

Galerie Laurent Mueller
Rue des Archives
75 Rue des Archives
75003 Paris
France


http://www.galerielaurentmueller.com/en/expositions/view/37/the-office-of-gravitational-documents-fax















James brooks 
Pillars of Society Archive - Palace
2015
Pencil on prepared paper
21 x 29.7 cm


Drawing Biennial 2015

Exhibition: 5 March – 30 April
Auction: 16 April 10am – 30 April 9pm

Drawing Room
Tannery Arts,
12 Rich Estate,
Crimscott Street,
London SE1 5TE

https://drawingroom.org.uk/drawingbiennial2015/?/exhibitions/drawing-biennial-2015













James Brooks
Forecastings
Vienna, Moscow & Salzburg
2015
Acrylic & pencil on prepared portrait linen
45 x 35 cm each













Group show - 
Drawing towards Sound: Visualising the Sonic

04.03.2015 - 04.04.2015

The Stephen Lawrence Gallery 
University of Greenwich
10 Stockwell Street
London
SE10 8EY

http://www.greenwichunigalleries.co.uk/drawing-towards-sound/












Group show -
Kleine Formate

maria anisimowa, stephan baumkötter, karsten bott, james brooks, jean-luc cornec, jakob gasteiger, valeria heisenberg, julia jansen, jacqueline jurt, via lewandowsky, martin liebscher, arnika müll, gabriele muschel, laura j. padgett, peter rösel, ernst stark, cornelius völker.


6. dezember 2014 – 17. januar 2015


galerie martina detterer

hanauer landstrasse 20-22
60414 frankfurt am main
www.detterer.de














Group Show - 
Crosswords 2
2014
Galerie Jordan Seydoux, Berlin
http://jordan-seydoux.com/Galerie-Berlin/























Forecasting series -
New York (A week in August)
2013
Acrylic and pencil on portrait linen
45 x 35cm
http://www.galerielaurentmueller.com/fr/news.php












Installation photo - 
(Off)icielle
2014
Les Dock, Paris
http://www.galerielaurentmueller.com/en/news.php



















Group show -
Crosswords 2 
Galerie Jordan Seydoux, Berlin

Art & Language • Georg Baselitz • Patxi Bergé • Roland Boden • Boris+Natascha • James Brooks • Andreas Burger • Francisco Da Mata • Claudia De La Torre • Piotr Dluzniewski • Ursula Döbereiner • Maurice Doherty • Reinhard Doubrawa • Joel Ducorroy • Ilse Ermen • Claude Faure • Adib Fricke • John Giorno • Pierre Granoux • Sam Grigorian • Alex Hanimann • Knut Hertel • Alekos Hofstetter • Annette Hollywood • Claude Horstmann • Thomas Huber • Sharka Hyland • Judith Karcheter • Mark Lammert • P. Nicolas Ledoux • Françoise Mairey • Antoanetta Marinov • Nanne Meyer • Roland Moreau • François Morellet • Peter Morrens • Bruno Nagel • Alexander Negrelli • Sophia Pompéry • Marc Rebollo • Sven Stuckenschmidt • Mark Themann • Bignia Wehrli • Lawrence Weiner


08.11.2014 - 20.12.2014

Galerie Jordan Seydoux

Auguststr. 22    
10117 Berlin
www.jordan-seydoux.com