Thursday 8 August 2019, 7pm
Please note that this is a free event but there is a voluntary donation of £5 to raise funds for Headway East London.
Almost every Thursday for the past 20 years, Tony Brooks has produced a drawing. This exhibition presents a selection of the artist’s work since joining Headway East London in 1998. Curated by Zara Joan Miller, this retrospective will include works on paper alongside a video installation, projections, text-based pieces and a puppet, created by Brooks in 2017.
While autobiographical accounts, limericks and handwritten notes exist within Brooks’ portfolio, his drawings indicate a dialogue with a more private world. Men on horseback recur regularly within Brooks’ portfolio. There are also several men in wheelchairs and many winged creatures. Sitting, walking, galloping or taking flight — the various figures within Brooks’ work call into question ideas surrounding mobility, disability and somatic mastery, as well as the nature of self-portraiture.
Using the walls and windows of Cafe OTO, Brooks’ drawings will be given the space to exist together, in a single room — inviting the tying of various threads and themes across his work. Billy Steiger and Tom Wheatley will perform with Headway members Sue Talbot and Stuart Donaldson, inspired by songs Brooks’ listens to while drawing. Zara Miller will read a poem, created from the artist’s extensive written and autobiographical notes.
This event is a fundraiser with proceeds from tickets going to the charity Headway East London.
Original drawings and prints will be on sale and available to order from the artist.
Billy Steiger was born in Howth on the 16th December, 1986. Now he plays the violin.
“Then he sat down by a pond and began to play a tune. As he played, the most extraordinary thing happened. One by one the fish in the pond began to jump out and fly about in the air. And what is more, they were all different colours and they were singing to the music.”
Patrick, Quentin Blake.
Tom Wheatley is an artist and musician based in London
His current projects include:
- A long-standing collaboration with Billy Steiger
- Various lineups & outputs with Daniel Blumberg, often including Billy Steiger, Ute Kanngiesser and Jim White
- ТЕПЛОТА with Grundik Kasyansky
Zara Joan Miller is a poet and artist. A selection of poems from her collection BLUE MONDAY featured in MAP and Fieldnotes journal in 2021. Other recent contributions include Another Gaze, Lazy Susan and Flash Art. Zara’s moving image practice plays with repeated and layered movement and sound as a way of reimagining a body’s rhythm. Her films include: Soft Rio (Marseille Underground Film Festival, Marseille, France, 2021; Underneath The Floorboards, 2021) with Astrid Sweeney and @xcrswx; horsecity (xviix.com, 2020; Centre of Gravity, Bristol, UK 2020) and Four Dances (Takuroku, 2021) – a piano & film collaboration with Billy Steiger. Zara is currently working on a film to accompany a score by Finlay Clark written for the Claravox Centennial theremin, and an ongoing collaboration with artist Tony Brooks at Submit to Love Studios. With Evie Ward, Zara programmes the movement and sound series CEREBELLUM.