Take a Seat by Janet Brooke is a complex screen print and mono print and part of the exhibition titled ‘The Way we Were’ at Orso Major Gallery.
The exhibition features street architecture and run down shop fronts from the 1980s to 2000. In the case of the shop fronts, the build up of signage, paint, labels and notices are applied one on top of another, echoing the ever changing nature of London in particular.
Drawn to the texture and the washed out signage with fading and flaking paint on the walls, Janet captures these images of shop fronts and street furniture using monoprint to get the texture of the scrubbed out walls. Once satisfied with the build up of texture, a complex multi-layered screen print is applied.
She says of ‘Take a Seat’
“This faded wall sign on the Bow Road, complete with faded bench and Tennants Super can seemed to sum up urban loneliness”
Brooke was inspired to capture these neglected aspects of our urban environment, recognising that soon they would be gone, and the memory of them would fade much like the paint on the fascia. You can hear more about Janet Brooke’s screen prints of East London here.
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Billy's Snack Bar, 1986
Shop Local, 1987
Take A Seat, 2000
Chemists Shop, 2000
Telephone, Telephone, 1997
Changing Times, 2001
At The End Of The Day, 1999
Take A Seat, Framed, Janet Brooke
Shop Local, Framed, Janet Brooke
Cafe, Framed, Janet Brooke
Changing Times, Framed, Janet Brooke
House by the Gas Works, Framed, Janet Brooke
The Way We Were Exhibition, Janet Brooke
Complex Screen Prints by Janet Brooke