Amsterdam-based American artist Jonathan Brown makes collage, assemblage and films using found materials.
“I’m always discovering things when making a piece,” he says, “respectful of the roles chance and ‘happy mistakes’ can play. I believe that so much of the creative process is in the revealing of the hidden or unknown. And often humor gets exposed as well.”
Influences include Bruce Conner, Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, John Stezaker, Sigmar Polke, Arturo Herrera, Christian Marclay and Peter Schuyff.
Jonathan was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1967 of American parents and soon after moved to Texas. He received his art degree from Austin College in 1990.
In 1994 he moved to Barcelona, Spain where he formed part of the artist co-operative KAOS exhibiting in various galleries and artist markets. Jonathan was co-founder of Los Superocheros, super-8 film projection artists performing at clubs, art spaces and music festivals, using multiple projectors to create a “live” collage of a variety of found footage. His video collages formed a significant part of art culture TV show “Boing Boing Buddha” for several years.
Jonathan has made Amsterdam his home since 2003 where he has continued creating collage, assemblage and sculpture. His work has been featured on book covers as well as cd covers, booklets and music videos. Heavily involved with the art collective AWA, Jonathan exhibited his work on a bi-weekly basis for years through the group’s “Beehive Project” at the OT301 Gallery. He enjoyed participating in a number of other group and solo exhibitions throughout Europe. In 2013 his works were included in the official selection of the Spring Exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen.
August 19 -- September 20, 2017: De Donkere Kamer, Amsterdam
Jonathan Brown’s work has been exhibited in the following museums and galleries:
Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen
ARTIUM (Basque Museum-Center Of Contemporary Art), Vitoria
Museum Of Contemporary Art Barcelona (MACBA)
Centre de Cultura Contemporania Barcelona (CCCB)
El Lliure, Barcelona
Cultural Center La Farinera Del Clot, Barcelona
Galeria Theseo, Barcelona
Drap Art, Barcelona
Madelife Gallery, Boulder
Core New Art Space, Denver
Pirate Contemporary Art Gallery, Denver
Steinsland Berliner Gallery, Stockholm
Agnes B's Gallerie du Jour, Paris
EYE Museum, Amsterdam
Dokhuis Gallery, Amsterdam
AWA Gallery (OT301), Amsterdam
Lev Kaupas Gallery, Amsterdam
Foie Gras Gallery, Amsterdam
De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam
Jack Stafford Gallery, Amsterdam
‘t Hoogt, Utrecht
Galerie Kastel Baexem, Baexem
Galerie Noord / Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin
OT Projektraum, Berlin
Galerie Delikatessenhaus, Leipzig
Happy Ending, New York City
Willo North Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
Tweed River Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia