25
Jul

vectorgallery:

JJ Brine Will Let You Into His Back Room, But the Price Is Your Soul

JJ Brine, founder of the Lower East Side’s only Satanic art gallery, is not your typical interview subject. Straightforward questions simply do not work on the curator and artist-in-residence of “the Official Art Gallery of SATAN.” There were several times during our talk when Brine stared back at me — amidst imagery of Charles Manson and Baphomet the Sabbatic Goat — as if to say, “What the hell are you talking about?”

“Where are you from originally?”

“Well, that I don’t remember,” JJ responded.

In fact, the word “typical” cannot be applied to JJ in any sense of the word. For one, he’s not a typical artiste. He denies his own agency, to a degree, in whatever is taking place at Vector. “Satan is in complete control of it,” he explained. A shiny placard bearing the letter C fell to the floor. “See, these things are not being restrained, they rearrange themselves,” JJ pointed out. “It’s like suggestions. I appreciate it. It’s a form of communication that is quite fulfilling.”

This is all despite the fact the gallery is filled entirely with his own work at the moment. And JJ describes the space as intrinsically connected to his mind: “I’ve put my brain on display, or my brain has put itself on display.”

If you haven’t already guessed that something’s up, JJ is a Satanist, or more accurately, a Vectorian. “Well, I’m kind of leading myself from another time, so I’m kind of like a puppet,” he explained. “I’m responding as I’m being triggered, and I’m responding as I’m receiving my lines.”

But JJ isn’t your cookie-cutter Satanist. For one, he does not prescribe to the tenants of the Satanic Temple, an organization that is mainly defined by its atheism and adeptness at trollingreligious fanatics. “This is its own faith, and it certainly doesn’t enshrine atheism,” JJ said. “I believe in all things. The devil is the lord and the lord is the devil. So I don’t know what people mean when they talk about a difference between something that’s literal or real, but certainly I would not say that this or that thing is not real.”

In fact, Brine, who also answers to President of the Satanic State of Vector, says he is the founder of Vectorism, a new religion. “But you could also say that I’m an instrument of the devil,” he clarified.

JJ invited me to have a look around his gallery in anticipation of next week’s official opening night of Vector Gallery (2.0). Vector has relocated to a space on East Broadway in the Lower East Side after having its lease swept out from under it at its Clinton Street location.

On Wednesday evening I walked into the storefront. I looked around and JJ was nowhere to be found. The lights were on, though a big dim. At first I was a little disoriented, as red, blue, and fluorescent lights flickered around the rectangular front room, bouncing off the reflective foil-covered walls, the mirrors, and the cacophony of objects covered in silver spray paint. The place seemed enormous as first.

“Hello?” I made my way to the back room. The door was partially ajar. I looked in and called out for JJ. No answer. I was about to creep in further when I spun around to find JJ coming through the front door. He wore a black t-shirt with geometrical designs, black pants and platform shoes, his hair was a powdery bluish-green, adorned with a crown made of delicate branches spotted with blossoms.

The front section of Vector is flanked with portraits of Charles Manson, his forehead swastika swapped out for the vector symbol (JJ has dubbed him the “Supreme Leader” of the sovereign state of Vector), fake flowers and grass patches, and one notable portrait of a four-headed hellhoundish Condoleezza Rice– “embodying the intelligence that animates all life,” JJ explained.

In many ways, Vector is not simply a gallery. JJ and the 15 or so other “ministers” he says are involved in the effort understand it as a “sovereign nation,” complete with its own time zone, its own culture, mythology, symbology, religion, placement on the evolutionary spectrum (post-human), and even its own enemies. Back in 2013, when Vector was first founded, it declared it was seceding from the United States to wage a “psychic war” against the nation, and announced it was advancing to the year 2020 (it is now the year 2021).

JJ said that weapons and violence are not tools in waging this war, rather it’s more about ideas. “If in terms of what you’re killing is an established thought with a new thought, then how does one fight an ideology with guns?” he wondered aloud.

Suddenly I realized just how easily I’d adjusted to speaking with JJ on his own terms. I had stopped even asking “normal” questions. But I had grown severely curious, how does JJ communicate with others? How does he move through this city?

“Do you, as a sovereign state, find it productive to engage with the outside world? Do you still have relations?”

“Diplomatic ones,” he replied.

I wondered if JJ had ever experienced any opposition from the outside world, maybe even harassment. After all, Vector is “always open,” JJ said. Plenty of visitors have stopped by uninvited, unannounced. “People are drawn here.”

Generally, JJ said, hate was not a popular reaction. However there is one exception. JJ told me a story of how “an entire congregation” had gathered outside once with signs that said “We Love Jesus, We Hate this Gallery.” Though unfortunately the details are hazy.

Vector Gallery photographs well, but speaking with JJ is essential to the full experience. The setting only acquires complexity when the master is present. For instance, that door to the backroom seemed totally inconsequential until he explained it.

“You can create as many versions of yourself as you need, it can be manufactured,” JJ told me. This might sound familiar, and in a way JJ does ascribe to some aspects of that Warholian, seamless-fusion-between-art-and-life shtick, but there’s something a bit different going on here. JJ didn’t like to talk about himself, at least in the first-person singular sense of the word, unless pushed to do so. But if visitors allow themselves to be immersed in the Vector Gallery (i.e. the Vectorian) experience (as what seems to be the point of an outsider stopping by such a place anyway) and concede to JJ’s claims that he is nothing more than a conduit of the devil, then JJ himself matters little.

“Specificity is such a vice,” JJ explained. “It’s when you lose focus, really, when you zoom in. Unless you zoom in so far that you can’t see any of the details because the details are the big picture.”

To JJ, there isn’t even a graspable expanse of time that existed before Vector Gallery:

“What was happening before the gallery existed?” I asked.

“Before Christ?”

“Well…”

“It’s the Anti-Christ, and the Anti-Christ is Jesus Christ. I don’t even know, I’m not even sure this is the same entity. It would be like remarking on someone else’s life. I was doing whatever I was doing, I’m pretty sure it must have led me to this place. I must have been collaborating with myself in various dimensions. Everything aspires to breathe, so maybe I gave it a respirator.”

Vector will open its doors for its innaugural event on Friday, August 1. JJ promises there will be music and rituals. “It’s always quite chaotic, and sublime, and diabolical,” he said. Though JJ says most of his time will be spent in the back room: “And as you can see, the cost of entering [it] is your soul. Anyone who goes back there has forfeited their immortal soul forever.”

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JULY 25, 2014

25
Jul

vectorgallery:

Crown Prince of Hell JJ Brine and The Oracle Julia Sinelnikova at VECTOR Gallery 2.0, opening August 1st — FB Event Page

Shot by Minister of Death Nome

25
Jul

vectorgallery:

The End of the World Starts in Chinatown

JJ Brine explains how Vector Gallery is a religion, a country, and a conspiracy.
By Mark Dommu

(JJ Brine and Vector Gallery)

Down on East Broadway in a Satanic art space, JJ Brine is hoping to end the world. The queer artist recently relocated Vector Gallery from the Lower East Side to Chinatown. Filled with vibrant color, “artfully” tilted mirrors, and photos of Charles Manson and Condoleezza Rice, Vector is, “a gallery, it’s a religion, it’s a country, it’s a conspiracy to re-sacrilize society and also to secularize other facets of it,” according to Brine. “It’s kind of like the entire universe that is communicating with itself ad-infinitum and various dimensions, processing itself and reprocessing itself. And it’s kind of an initiative to end the world,” he says, silver-painted face glowing in the light of the neon signs that illuminate the narrow space.
 
How exactly is an art gallery going to end the world? “You’ll see,” promises Brine, whose website for the gallery explains that it’s actually the year 2019 inside its walls. Vector, he says, will set off a series of events: performances at religious services and University of Satan classes, for example. 
 
The gallery even has its own religion. “The tenets of it are expressed through it,” says Brine. “With the Bible, the Torah, the Quran, everything was written down, but what we’re doing here is just manifesting and changing things as we need to change them, so things can get possessed and take control of you. So we’re all being guided and we’re tools for this thing that wants to express itself and wants to impose its hypnotic view on the world. That thing is the thing that’s here. It’s the thing that’s writing its own book. I call it Alan, because that’s how it talks to me.”
 
Brine sees his gallery, which celebrates its grand re-opening on August 1 with performances and DJ sets, as a vehicle to experience the beginning of the world. “It’s its own loop. As things keep mounting, it turns out that the things you would call the singularity or the Big Bang, it’s all the same thing. It’s all looping, in fact, as things get closer to the interface that will connect us all: a mechanized telepathy, Facebook in which we’re logging into each other’s minds. It is looping, so the world is ending and beginning and ending and beginning, the universe is ending and beginning and ending and beginning. So it’s serving that, and it’s time for this cycle to begin and end and begin and end.” 
 
Vector Opening at Vector Gallery, 154 E Broadway (btwn Rutgers/Pike Sts), August 1 at 8pm; free. Visitvectorgallery.com for more info.
23
Jul
23
Jul

vectorgallery:

BOWERY BOOGIE

Satanic VECTOR Gallery Relocates to 154 East Broadway

(via jjbrine)

23
Jul
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Jul
23
Jul

vectorgallery:

ARE YOU COMING TO THE PARTY?  

THE CRADLE OF POSTHUMANITY +0+ VECTOR 2.0 OPENS ON AUGUST 1ST AT 8PM

Know That Ye Who Have Passed Through The Doors Within Our Palace Have Forfeited Your Immortal Souls, For These Are The Gates Of Hell.  AND WE WERE WITH ABRAHAM AND ISAAC, AND WE WERE THE SNAKE(S) — + — AND WE HAVE LONG ARMS AS VISHNU, WE EMBRACE ++ - ++

(via jjbrine)

23
Jul

cecilyfeitel:

Eye the Prism & Vectorian Ambassador to Israel
have safely returned to
nyc
Just before the law locked the air 4 planes & bombs
praise be
My honor to spread vector &serve the crown prince of hell

(via asthmamagazine)

23
Jul
vectorgallery:

Crown Prince of Hell JJ Brine and Crown Prince of Porn Bruce LaBruce celebrate the immortal season of conspiracy with a subtle gesture of absolute omniscience. 

vectorgallery:

Crown Prince of Hell JJ Brine and Crown Prince of Porn Bruce LaBruce celebrate the immortal season of conspiracy with a subtle gesture of absolute omniscience. 

23
Jul
23
Jul

vectorgallery:

CRITIQUE COLLECTIVE

JJ Brine’s VECTOR Gallery Explores Cultural Hybridity

by Paul Weiner

VECTOR Gallery is among contemporary art’s foremost installation spaces, located at 40 Clinton Street in New York City and constructed by JJ Brine. The gallery operates in its own futuristic time zone as a means for disrupting reality within what Brine calls the PostHuman movement. VECTOR Gallery stands out from other avant garde installations as a space decoding cultural hybridity. VECTOR assimilates growing cultural movements under its PostHuman conceptual framework with an unabashed interplay between old and new as Brine intertwines religion and identity politics, the internet and physical space, colonial government structures and liberation, the future and the present.

Throughout the interview, Brine uses some terms that he has coined such asneventAlan, and antity. Please find definitions of these words in the VECTOR glossary. Further information about the concept behind VECTOR can be found in Brine’s artist statement and updates from the The Government of The Satanic State of VECTOR are also available online.

Paul Weiner:
Tell us a little about the way VECTOR Gallery and your title, Crown Prince of Hell, came to be.

JJ Brine:
Eye have had that title for as long as Eye can remember and VECTOR Gallery came into being when Eye embraced it.

Paul Weiner:
Many religious and pop culture references are made in your work, including a comparison of Charles Manson to Jesus. Could you describe the religious aspect of VECTOR Gallery?

JJ Brine:
VECTOR is itself a religion, and it manifests according to the observation of its own tenets. It reveals the nature(s) of all who engage it, and at the same time it reformats their nature(s) as it sees fit.

Paul Weiner:
Do you see your work as site-specific and strictly contained within VECTOR Gallery or are you open to exhibitions in other gallery spaces or museums?

JJ Brine:
Eye had a militantly site-specific policy for some time but Eye have developed an expansionistic agenda as of late. One recent manifestation of this is my PostHuman Mass Grave.

Paul Weiner:
Describe your PostHuman Mass Grave and how it came to be.

JJ Brine:
It is the Guarantor of the coming events. You have to bait the reality to make it bite.

Paul Weiner:
Could you describe a few of VECTOR’s religious tenets?

JJ Brine:
Shall Eye invert the entirety of Lord Universe in order to describe Lord Universe Itself? Everything is in alignment with its Antity. There is no need for semantic distinction between “is” and “becomes” when We know that everything is happening All at once – The Infinitoment. The AntiChrist is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is The AntiChrist.

Paul Weiner:
Do you recruit new members to join VECTOR? How many followers do you have?

JJ Brine:
There are infinite ways to count to One, and there is One way to count to infinity. You might find me saying, in some other time and place: “Oh, but this was all prearranged, Baby.” And that would be true. But Eye have no need for followers, for Eye am herding neither cattle nor sheep! If We are to be together, forever, We need only share a passing thought. And in that thought the entire world is following me, and vice-versa.

Paul Weiner:

Would you like VECTOR to expand outside of New York City?

JJ Brine:
Do Eye have a choice? As if it could be contained…!

Paul Weiner:
Do you see your music and installations as aesthetically linked? Do you create them simultaneously?

JJ Brine:
They are different formats for One incantation.

Paul Weiner:
Do you consider VECTOR to be linked to an exploration of sexual identity?

JJ Brine:
VECTOR can be used as a prism for the exploration of any identity.

Paul Weiner:
Do you believe VECTOR is a forum to disrupt historical cultural norms and offer a new kind of history?

JJ Brine:
Yes.

Paul Weiner:
VECTOR Gallery recently hosted a PostHuman wedding. What other kinds of ceremonies or events does the gallery host?

JJ Brine:
We are linking up the beginning to the end, the end to the beginning. We serve the interests of infinity in its infinite forms. We are especially interested in hosting Nevents – events which cannot and will never take place.

Paul Weiner:
Anything you’d like to add?

JJ Brine:
The Satanic State of VECTOR is looking for attachés to appoint to the following territories: Japan, Tunisia, Yemen, China, Zimbabwe, India, Vanuatu, Sweden, Somalia, Argentina, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Brazil, Haiti, Indonesia, Suriname, Mexico, France, Germany, Syria, Lebanon, and Benin, among others. Please be in touch if you know that We are waiting to hear from you.

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23
Jul

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23
Jul

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- Asked by trashvideopodcast

jjbrine:

Congratulations on obtaining my permission!

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Jul
vectorgallery:

We Decorate The Times 
With Our Inversionary Mind

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We Decorate The Times
With Our Inversionary Mind

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