Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.

What if one’s right to privacy was just as valuable as visibility? My work is concerned with the role of photography, a medium inherently about visibility, in the right that a person has to space for themselves. Depicted within domestic environments, pictured individuals are often obscured or located residually. Photographing individuals with their backs turned, eyes closed, or bodies obstructed, I consider privacy an expression of self-determination.

While the photographs tend to be made informally, the resulting ambiguity allows the picture plane a narrative multiplicity that engages and transcends its biographical origin. The dimensional elements, in addition to the caption text, assist in situating a photograph within and alongside multiple contexts, effectively extending the initial frame of the camera. Similar to how experiences are layered in memory, I consider how a singular moment may be recontextualized to glean something new or unplanned for.

I currently work in a non-series based way and create relationships between the images as they relate to formal and narrative concerns over time. To this end, I’ve begun outfitting my photographs with dimensional elements that recall domestic structures. For example, “Sssummmmmwhhhhhhhhhhere” (2018) references a window awning but the resulting structure is more ambiguous in function. This asked me to consider the use of it as an object unto itself, and not necessarily its full service to the image. Instead of giving in to photography’s inclination to spectacularize, I use objects and photography toward a more sensitive representation of black and queer people.

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.

Education
2016 New York University, Photography and Imaging, BFA

Solo Exhibitions
2019 Title TBD, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY (forthcoming)
a simple song, Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions
2019 On Refusal: Representation and Resistance in Contemporary American Art , The MAC, Belfast, Ireland (forthcoming)
Do You Love Me?, PPOW Gallery, New York, NY (forthcoming)
I’ve got a lot of things to face this month , La MaMa Galleria, New York, NY

2018 Harlem Postcards: Fall 2018 , Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Intimacy , Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
Daybreak: New Affirmations in Queer Photography , Leslie Lohman Museum, New York, NY Black Blooded , The New Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
Ultra Vivid Dreaming, BlueSky Gallery, Portland, Oregon
FOUR. , We Buy Gold, New York, NY
NADA NY 2018, La MaMa Galleria, New York, NY
LOVE: Purple Hearts , Columbia University Leroy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY

2017 With You, New Image Art, West Hollywood, LA
Discursive Selves, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY
Stranger Things , Outpost Artists Resources, Ridgewood, NY
Life and Living, Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Hudson, NY
Sebastian, Tell Aware (photo accompaniment to performance by Jerome AB), Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn,NY
Shared Subjects, Spring/Break Art Show, New York, NY
Lintel, Mantel, Module, Shelf, La Mama Galleria, New York, NY

2016 Art Crush , Platform Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Bodies on Display , 368 Ponce, Atlanta, GA
The Ointment, Signal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Treading Water, TGIF Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
An Exhibition on Authenticity and Anger, BUFU Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Collaborative Exhibition Exchange , Galerie AMU, Prague, Czech Republic
Taking Up Space: An Exhibition of Works by Craig White and Elliott Brown Jr. , Forum Art Space, Purchase, NY
Show Two: NYU Tisch Photography and Imaging BFA Thesis Exhibition 2016 , New York University, New York, NY

2015 Respond, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Young, Colored, & Angry, Holyrad Studio, Brooklyn, NY

2014 5th Annual Contemporary Photography Exhibition , Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA (juried by Brian Paul Clamp and Mary Ellen Mark)

2013 RedLab Laboratorio de Gestión y Vinculación Cultural A.C. presents II Recording Light
Workshop: Exhibition of Results, Polifórum Digital Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico

Residencies, Fellowships, and Awards
2018-2019 St. Roch Community Church Artist Residency
2018 Camera Club at Baxter Street NY Workspace
2017 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2016 New York Times Portfolio Review
2015 Imaging America Fellowship
2013 Recording Light II Workshop, RedLab Laboratorio de Gestión y Vinculación Cultural A.C., Michoacan, Mexico

Publications
2018 Undertow , September
Ultra Vivid Dreaming (Exhibition Catalogue)
2016 Niijournal: Volume 1 , September
Mossless 4: Public/Private/Portrait , June
Yáñez, Marcelo, Newspaper, Volume 5, Number 1 (contemporary revival of original 1969 publication), March

Selected Bibliography
2019 Henry-Smith, Sean D., “a simple song” – Review, FlashArt # 325, April/May
Konadu, Luther, “For This Young Photographer, A ‘Simple Song’ of Images,” Aperture , March 28 Assunção, Muri, “Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. and the Paradoxes of Representation,” Baxter St. at CCNY , March 28
Goodalle, Stephanie E., “The Potential of Additional Happenings: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.’s a simple song, ” BOMB , February 25
Liberty, Megan N., “Critics’ Pick: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.,” Artforum , February

2018 Gallagher, Em, “Non-Conforming Narratives: Five Photographers Upending Notions of Queerness,” Cultured Magazine , Fall
“22 Queer Photographers Illustrate What ‘Pride’ Really Means,” W Magazine , June 22

2017 The New Yorker Photo Instagram Takeover, October 2 – October 8
Gardenhire, Jonathan, “5 x 5: ‘Beneath Our Glory’,” TAGTAGTAG Magazine : August 7
“Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. on Carrie Mae Weems,” VICE : August
Embuscado, Rain, “Art that Evokes the Uncanny Body,” Hyperallergic : June 30
Thill, Vanessa, “Critics’ Picks: ‘Stranger Things’ at Outpost Artists Resources,” ARTFORUM : June 23
Almino, Elisa Wouk, “Peruse a Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair Like It’s Your Private Library,” Hyperallergic : June 13
Sargent, Antwaun, “Intimate Photos Open a Window into Black Domestic Life,” The Creators Project : April 14
Malcolm-Aimé and Brown Jr., Elliott Jerome, “Listen to the Kids,” The Outline : March 2
Callahan, Maura, “Kahlon’s Cut Up Series returns with audio-visual exhibition,” City Paper : February 1

2016 Valinsky, Michael, “Photographer Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. Delves Deeply Into Black Lives,” i-D : November 10
Howe, Mary, “Photographer of the Week #139: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.,” Capricious : July 26

2015 AfroPunk, “The Complexity of Blackness: The Photography of Elliott Brown Jr.,” AfroPunk : June 10
Carter, Holland, “Raging at Racism, From Streets to Galleries: Smack Mellon and Grey Art Display Art Sparked by Politics,” The New York Times : January 22
Courtney Iseman, “Young, Colored, & Angry! Sets Out To Flip That Phrase On Its Head”, i-D : May 28
Disser, Nicole, “Young, Colored, & Angry Brings Together Artists of Color, Takes Back Art Education,”
Bedford and Bowery , May 14
Eaton, Abdu Ali, “QTIPOCS On The Block: Elliott Brown Jr.,” True Laurels : November 10
Kuennen, Joel, “Smack Mellon’s RESPOND and the New Imaginary,” ArtSlant : January 19
Steinhauer, Jillian, “After a Call for Change, Artists Respond,” Hyperallergic : February 13
Tsoulis-Rey, Alexa, “The Sex Lives of College Students,” New York Magazine: October

Professional Experience

2017 Executive Assistant, We Buy Gold Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016 – 2017   Exhibition’s Coordinator, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Teaching Assistant, New York University, New York, NY
2015 – 2016 Gallery Assistant, Salon 94, New York, NY
2015 Production Assistant, Hank Willis Thomas Studio, New York, NY
2014 – 2016 Instructional Assistant, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library at New York University, New York, NY