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Flo Brooks

Art Basel 2024

Art Basel, Basel

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Flo Brooks
Art Basel, 2024
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Flo Brooks

The Dreamer (For Charles Marrow), 2024

2024
Acrylic on linen, appliqué on found material and hand-painted maple wood wall brackets
142 x 176 x 30 cm
55 7/8 x 69 1/4 x 11 3/4 in

Flo Brooks

Detail: The Dreamer (For Charles Marrow)

2024
Acrylic on linen, appliqué on found material and hand-painted maple wood wall brackets
142 x 176 x 30 cm
55 7/8 x 69 1/4 x 11 3/4 in

Flo Brooks

Detail: The Dreamer (For Charles Marrow)

2024
Acrylic on linen, appliqué on found material and hand-painted maple wood wall brackets
142 x 176 x 30 cm
55 7/8 x 69 1/4 x 11 3/4 in

Installation View

Flo Brooks
Art Basel, 2024
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Flo Brooks

The timeless soul (For Dorotheos)

2024
Acrylic on linen, appliqué on found material and hand-painted maple wood wall brackets
154 x 186 x 30 cm
60 5/8 x 73 1/4 x 11 3/4 in

Installation View

Flo Brooks
Art Basel, 2024
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Flo Brooks

Thur word’l I naws (For Mary Mudge)

2024
Acrylic on linen, appliqué on found material and hand-painted maple wood wall brackets
150 x 184 x 30 cm
59 x 72 1/2 x 11 3/4 in

For Flo Brooks’ Statements presentation, they are presenting a new body of acrylic paintings appliquéd onto found fabric. Each work explores trans and gender-nonconforming histories. Embedded in the materials of domestic space, which Brooks describes as ‘the first space of dreaming, fantasising, worlding,’ each work originates from fragments of the depicted figure’s lives, gleaned from newspaper clippings, autobiographical descriptions and visits to the places they lived or worked.

In one painting, hunched over a desk and underneath candlelight Charles Marrow urgently puts ink to paper. Awoke from a dream, their quill scrawls down details of the strange vision. A small dog standing nearby is captivated by a large moth in the room, hovering around the wick. Marrow holds an arm out, wary the dog might wake up their lover, unaware she’s stirred by the flittering of wings, or dreams, that float above. In another painting, John de Verdion strides through the site formerly known as Furnivals Inn, Holborn, London. It’s raining, and his coat is open showcasing an array of books, pockets holding scrolls and antique coins. On his way back from the Furnivals Inn coffee house, he has two book auctions to attend and a translation to be getting on with. At his side a companion cockerel, bracing the wet and stubbed out cigarettes under its feet.
 

Collaging together different places, eras and individuals, Brooks’ works resist simplified representations of trans and gender non-conforming lives. Rather they open up a flexible space for the unfolding of multiple perspectives, shifting identities and evolving relationships. They are not historical portraits but dream-like scenarios: fragmented, mutable, incomplete.
 

Flo Brooks (b. 1987) is an artist based in Cambridge, they work across painting, collage, publication, installation and social practice, often working in archives as a starting point for developing new work. Brooks has exhibited across the UK and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include: Inner Bark Out (Public Commission), Studio Voltaire, London, 2023, Harmonycrumb, Spike Island, Bristol, 2023, Be tru to your rec, Project Native Informant, London, 2022; Angletwich, Brighton CCA, which travelled to Tramway, Glasgow, 2020 – 2021, Scrubbers, Project Native Informant, London, 2018 and Is now a good time?, Cubitt Gallery, London, 2017. Group exhibitions include Bodies in space, MIRROR, Plymouth, 2022, SEEN, Newlyn Art gallery and The Exchange, Cornwall, 2022, Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules, Somerset House, London, 2022, and Kiss my Genders, Hayward Gallery, London, 2019.

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