Roy Brooks' Fold Four prints feature haunting designs drawn from found imagery and autobiographical experiences – such as capturing the humor of the monthly souped-up car rally in his hometown in the print "burnout" above. His composition, bold color choices, sleek implied lines and gritty half-tones hint at Roy's background as a graphic designer for the Whitey Museum of American Art and famed Pentagram Design Studio in NYC.
Now running his own studio, Roy finds time to design and print posters in between client design projects. His self-taught silk-screening skills and DIY techniques, i.e. hand-taping acetate sheets and mixing colors on the fly, capture the true spirit of handmade.
In addition to a very low-fi DIY silkscreen technique Fold Four uses recycled acid-free paper and non-toxic water-based inks. Many of these designs capture cars in a state of destruction or excess, contrasted with the eco-friendly technique used to create them, these pieces document a strong metaphor for our times – we are witnessing unfathomable destruction while rolling up our sleeves to find greener ways of doing things.
A selection of Roy's posters will be available for sale during the month of August at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis bookstore, in conjunction with the exhibition RBMBKESHKM. At around $30 each you can also pick up your own print through the Fold Four etsy shop or browse the Fold Four Design Studio website to view more of Roy Brooks' work.
This Cree Indian prophecy has always seemed a succinct rationale for doing more with less: "Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."