Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.
(b. 1993, Baldwin, New York; lives and works in Queens, New York)
Sound of the Rain, 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York.
My photographs privilege the interiority of individuals and communing groups, often investing in how people tend to their space and less so how they become clear to others. Sound of the Rain is a new commission that abstracts a direct view of the Mount Morris Fire Watchtower in Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park. As such, it references the history of its official use and its current informal and sentimental roles.
The work is titled after a song by Solange, which includes an animated video by visual artist Jacolby Satterwhite. As I reflected on the various functions of the park, I recalled the video's use of fire as a medium for growth.
Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.