'Eye Candy' at Studio 53 Gallery. Nov 2012.
Brookes joint-curated and organised the evoking pin-up exhibition 'Eye Candy' at Studio 53 with assisting artist Sean Slater. The two creatives hooked up to collaborate on the exhibition they named 'Eye Candy', after feeling that the Studio 53 Gallery needed an exhibition that was a little more daring than it's previous shows in Salisbury.
Brookes opened the show by live painting directly on one of Studio 53 Gallery's walls, where previously only artwork had been hung. For 'Eye Candy' she produced large-scale experimental images of herself essentially as, a modern-day contemporary pin-up.
The show included 2 pieces painted directly onto the walls of the gallery space - one at the entrance which Brookes had painted the previous day; and 2 large manipulated MDF slices, propped randomly against other objects in the gallery. Gemini wanted to experiment more with these pieces and they were not intended for sale.
The other exhibiting artists included a mix of illustrators, comic book artists and a celtic artist. Brookes and Slater wanted to blur the line between illustration, art and design with 'Eye Candy' and essentially, apart from Brookes' installation-like works, the exhibition existed partly as a Pop shop. Joining Brookes and Slater were Nich Angell, Chris Down and Mark Pearce.