Equality by timothy brooks

So I've been busy this summer working on my new solo exhibition called "From Within" opening October 6th 2017 at the Main Street Gallery in Buffalo NY.  This is one of my favorite pieces in the exhibition.  I call it Equality because although each bar is different, overall they are the same. 

It has been a crazy sad summer watching the US return to hate.  I know it has always been there but to see it so blatantly displayed is heartbreaking.  Things like love, hate, arrogance or compassion are not limited to or enhanced by the color of our skin.  Internal desires fusing with external experiences formed who we are as humans..  External forces cannot always be predicted, but we can choose how to engage the moment.

Looking Back by timothy brooks

I am really a forward thinking person.  Usually I'm thinking about 5 steps ahead which is nice, but I tend to miss the subtle details in the moment. I have to remind myself to take time to look back.  When I remember the lessons from my mistakes or draw strength from past successes I really helps ensure my 5 steps ahead are in the right direction.  This piece is a minimal interpretation of this concept. 

What Lies Beneath by timothy brooks

My art is often influenced by emotions or other character concepts. The piece "What Lies Beneath" is really more of an abstract self portrait.  On the surface I tend to be very level headed, good in a crisis, and unmoved by life's daily challenges, but that is not all there is to me.  There is so much more under the surface.  I do believe it's a strength to be level headed, but the down side is lack of vulnerability. I started writing an art blog to help share a part of myself that is very personal. This piece reminds me that I need to show more of what is under the surface.  Some of it's good, some not so good. It's not easy to expose my feelings, but I've form many strong deep friendships that have lasted decades when I've chosen to reveal who I am underneath.  True, sometimes I've been hurt by people, but the deepest friendships I've gained have been worth the risk.

My art is often influenced by emotions or other character concepts. The piece "What Lies Beneath" is really more of an abstract self portrait.  On the surface I tend to be very level headed, good in a crisis, and unmoved by life's daily challenges, but that is not all there is to me.  There is so much more under the surface.  I do believe it's a strength to be level headed, but the down side is lack of vulnerability.

I started writing an art blog to help share a part of myself that is very personal. This piece reminds me that I need to show more of what is under the surface.  Some of it's good, some not so good. It's not easy to expose my feelings, but I've form many strong deep friendships that have lasted decades when I've chosen to reveal who I am underneath.  True, sometimes I've been hurt by people, but the deepest friendships I've gained have been worth the risk.

The Edge of Enlightenment by timothy brooks

Enlightenment

I am a very opinionated person who is usually confident in what I believe to be true. However, I'm not always right.  Throughout history we as a species have declared truths as experts only to be proven wrong as we grow in our understanding of the world.  Men have been discredited for believing that the world is round or micro organism called germs effect our health.  To me the path to enlightenment is not knowing all things, but rather the willingness to embrace the truth when my beliefs are proven wrong. 

The journey to enlightenment to me is a grand adventure.  I do not want to be insecure if I am mistaken. The this piece I wanted to contrast between light and dark.  There are highlights on the dark building that are just a reflection of the bright city at the end of the street.  I have a strong faith and belief in God because as a species we have been proven wrong in our popular beliefs on many occasions. We only grasp the reflection of something greater.  

No one can prove what is waiting for us after we pass from this earth. Everyone lives by faith in something, even if that is nothing.  Therefore if I'm going to live by faith, I desire to know what is really true.  A life long journey to enlightenment will not be in vain. 

Unite by timothy brooks

Unite

Ghandi said "be the change that you wish to see".  There is way to much division in the world when we really have way too much in common.  In this piece I wanted to show how we can be different people but still run together.  Imagine our world if we could focus less on how we are different and more on running together.  I love my eclectic group of friends and family.  I want to be close to people of all races, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, etc.  That is the change I wish to see. 

The Missing Piece by timothy brooks

 

I'm always amazed that the human brain can fill in the gaps.  In my pursuit of a minimal lifestyle, I've been taking photos and removing as much detail as I can but still tell a meaningful story.  There is something hardwired in us that seeks out what is missing and tries to fill it. What fills the void in your life?  For me it is a quest for truth, something bigger than myself.

Minimal Life by timothy brooks

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Lately I have been exploring minimalism.  I left my well paid corporate job to pursue my art and photography passions.  My wife and I had to closely review our budget and lifestyle to determine what we actually need and want to have a fulfilling quality of life.  How much can I take away to gain personal happiness and spiritual fulfillment?  I loved my career and would not trade the experience or friendships, but I am loving this new phase of life to try new endeavors.

There is a stillness in minimalism. A peace that allows me to remain extremely active while taking time to enjoy the profoundness of simple gestures. Simple acts of selflessness, humility and kindness are often overlooked.  But the world is enriched by them. In this piece "Woman's Gaze" I am reminded to slow down and let the image wait for the concept to reveal itself.

Summer on the Patio by timothy brooks

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I love the summer time! This piece is inspired by a local coffee shop in the village where I live with my wife.  Before it became a clam bar, I spent almost every Saturday morning with close friends laughing, talking about life, and supporting each other through our ups and downs.  When I see this piece I'm grateful to have such close friends in my life.

Fear by timothy brooks

Fear

Recently I have been working with the idea of reducing my work to just simplistic elements to get to the raw moment. I have an irrational fear of heights and in this work I captured an image of a construction working walking on a beam high in the air. It terrifies me to just to image me in his place. This piece is a visual expression of emotions that come from within.

The Beat Goes On by timothy brooks

The Beat Goes On

I am inspired by music and always play music while I work. I also like to watch live bands and photograph the performance. In this piece i was able to capture the energy of the percussionist and wanted to explore it visually. There is the flow of the rhythm represented in black which anchors the high energy of the music without constraining the musician. Without the anchor beat, the piece would have descended into chaos. A secondary level of unexpected changes in the rhythm brings life to the work. I used the highlights, cords and stands to interrupt the flow of the piece. The stage had warm color walls and curtains which recalls my overall feeling of the night. I have such great memories of the experience and hope is that the viewer feels it as well.

Demon Daze by timothy brooks

Demon Daze

In the United States we are taking backwards steps in race relations due to fear. Half of our country is accepting and wants to be more embracing of diversity and another half wants to retreat to the old superior mentality that has oppressed certain classes of our own citizens. We demonize what we do not understand. In this piece you cannot really see the eyes of the face, but we allow the shadows to solidify opinions about the person and his intentions.
I am caucasian and my wife is african- american which may not mean much in other countries, but in the USA my wife’s parents had to drink from “colored only” fountains, sit on the back of the bus, and were pulled over by white policemen who had the authority to put them in jail just because they were colored. My wife experienced burning crosses in the front lawn. When they met me it was hard to shake off those memories and fears but as we grew to really know each other and understand each other, fear turned into love. 

There are cruel people everywhere but it is not limited to specific race, creeds or genders. We all have inner demons, but most people choose to contain them. Love trumps hate.