past exhibition | James Brooks: Geometra | 15 January - 6 February 2016
James Brooks: Geometra Canal is delighted to present a solo exhibition of James Brooks's most recent work, following a residency in Paris.

Geometra forefronts geography and civic structures in an attempt to critique ongoing discourses around the social order within Europe and the Mediterranean.

The exhibition harnesses the contemporary and the historical languages of Euclidean geometry, the Latin alphabet, the Arabic decimal system, maps, the euro coin, telephone numbers, weather forecasts, philosophical stoicism, alongside the names of specific places and locations. Brooks uses the democratic strategies of contemporary conceptual art systems in an attempt to explore the dialogue between classical civilisation and our current social structures.

His practice employs the language of system-based art production within the disciplines of drawing, painting, printmaking, projection and sound, and in Geometra, Brooks has utilised a variety of alphabetical and numerical interventions in an attempt to re-evaluate and appropriate the socio-historical occupations of a geometer, administrator, and cartographer, in relation to their historic applications of defining land, borders, and territory.

James Brooks, a graduate of Chelsea College of Art, has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, including Tate Britain and Art Futures. His work has been featured in The Drawing Biennial since 2008, and he is represented by Galerie Laurent Mueller Paris and Galerie Martina Detterer Frankfurt.

Curatorial projects include the Arts Council funded drawing exhibition Until it makes sense.

Forthcoming projects include the group exhibition Contemporary British Drawing, Xi'an, China, and a British Council funded solo exhibition in Mexico.

His work is held in numerous collections, including University of the Arts, Thaddaeus Ropac, David Roberts and Gottesman Collection.

Geometra is Brooks's ninth solo exhibition.

Extract from Stoic Meditations of Marcus Aurelius