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 Joan 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.