JJ Brine

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JJ Brine
JJ Brine
Background information
Occupation(s) Installation Artist, Singer/Songwriter, Filmmaker
Years active 2010–present
Labels DrugLord Records
Associated acts The LaBiancas, CodeCracker, Girls Love Ghosts
Website jjbrine.com

JJ Brine is a visual artist, gallerist and electronic musician. He curates and operates Vector Gallery in New York City, which has drawn attention and critical response for its identification with Charles Manson and use of Satanic imagery.[1]


As a multimedia installation artist, Brine's thematic concerns are primarily centered around religious rituals and iconography. He refers to his installations as "Shrines" and his exhibits combine performance art and visual narrative.[2] The work of JJ Brine has been compared to that of Duchamp and Andy Warhol.[1][3][4][5][6][7][8]However, Brine's art has also been acknowledged as lacking in direct formal precedent and is thus being characterized as the beginning its own movement.[3][4][5][9] Brine has referred to this movement as "Posthuman Art."[6][7]

Vector Gallery[edit]

On July 15, 2013 Brine opened Vector Gallery on 40 Clinton Street[10] in the Lower East Side of New York.[11] However, the venue lost its lease at the end of May 2014 and the gallery relocated to 154 East Broadway, straddling the border between the Lower East Side and Chinatown, 11 days later.[12][13]

Critics praised Brine's work for its originality and vision[14]and compared to Andy Warhol's Factory by The Huffington Post ("LOOK: Is this the Next Warhol Factory?")[15] but the gallery has been a subject of controversy for many neighborhood residents due to its occult theme and Brine's intense imagery of Satanism and Charles Manson.[2][4] Guestofaguest.com described the installation: "Is it the lair of a mad scientist? An occult apothecary? A wonderland of neon worship? Well, it's sort of all that (and more) rolled up into one unique gallery space, run by resident artist JJ Brine."[9] OracleTalk.com also wrote, "Implementing cool DIY principle and conjuring references to Duchamp’s ready-mades and rollicking religious iconography, the Vector Gallery is a gushing cornucopia of hypnotizing elements, provocative subject matter and lots of mirrors."[3]

On October 16, 2013, Vector celebrated the 75th birthday of the The Velvet Underground collaborator Nico with "Time Doesn't Move."[16][17] Canadian filmmaker Bruce LaBruce will also be screening his film Gerontophiliaat the gallery. [18]

Brine (who was named "The Prince of the Post Human Movement" by artblog mishkanyc.com[19]) describes the gallery as sentient space and to, in his words, reprogram the mass mind.[20][21] He later described his Clinton Street location as putting his brain on display.[8] Though he is the owner of Vector Gallery, Brine states the Gallery owns him.[11] Brine characterized Vector as serving the agency of A New World Order and says he is "ritually reprogramming" gallery patrons with his imagery to facilitate their illumination.[2][11] The art is described as the epicenter of an Illuminati conspiracy to envelop all major world religions under an umbrella group akin to the United Nations - “United Beliefs." He has also described it as a ritualized psychic colonization of Lebanon. "Vector Gallery is a gift of creativity to New York, instead of another place to buy stuff," wrote Art Nerd New York's Lori Zimmer[22] The gallery has also been described as being "among contemporary art’s foremost installation spaces.[23]"

On November 8, 2013 VECTOR Gallery seceded from the United States of America[6][7][24][25][26] and JJ Brine declared The Satanic State of VECTOR,[27] becoming one of the world's smallest countries in terms of territoriality.[28] The sovereignty of the Satanic State of VECTOR is not recognized by any UN member nation and in turn, VECTOR does not recognize the sovereignty of any country other than itself, with the notable exceptions of Haiti and Syria, which VECTOR regards as its closest international allies.

Brine and the ministers of VECTOR began holding a series religious services at the gallery on February 1, 2014.[29][30][31]

Brine was also one of the last guests featured on East Village Radio's final hours of broadcasting on the Andrew Andrew show, where Brine performed The Ritual of Infinite Names, or "ALAN". The hosts said that VECTOR closing its Clinton street location was "almost as important as CBGB's," and that the interview was "the last, and possibly the best" of their decade-long series.[32]


Brine described his music as "electronic spirit music," or ESM, which refers to the channeling of spirits.[33]

In addition to his solo project, he is also a member of the LaBiancas, a Charles Manson concept band, along with bandmate Lena Marquise. They are descendants of Charles Manson.[34]

Brine claims to have been possessed by a demon and has portrayed this in some of his short films.[35]

Studio albums[edit]

  • President of Mozambique (2012, DrugLord Records)

With The LaBiancas

  • Charles Manson is Jesus Christ (2013, DrugLord Records)


  • “Monarch Butterfly” (2012, DrugLord Records)

With the LaBiancas

  • Charles in Charge (2013, DrugLord Records)
  • Charles Manson is Jesus Christ (2013. DrugLord Records)
  • I'll Never Say Never to Always (2013, DrugLord Records)


  1. ^ a b "JJ Brine's 'VECTOR Gallery' In New York City". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "NATIVE UNDERGROUND: THE CROWN PRINCE OF HELL, JJ BRINE". New York Natives. Retrieved Aug 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Vector Gallery, Jj Brine Declares, Is "The Capitol Of The Post-Human Art Movement In A State Of Psychic Warfare With The U.S."". Posture. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "AN EVENING WITH THE ANTICHRIST". Wine & Bowties. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "JJ Brine Will Let You Into His Back Room, But the Price Is Your Soul". NewYork Magazine. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Everything You Need to Know This Week on New York's Art Scene". Guestofaguest.com. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Beautiful Children of the Devil". TheCultureWhore.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ "‘Official Art Gallery of Satan’ Gets Burned By Its Landlord". New York Magazine. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Satanic VECTOR Gallery Relocates to 154 East Broadway". boweryboogie.com. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "New experiences". Christina Brunks. Retrieved Aug 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "LOOK: Is This The NExt Warhol Factory?". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Time Doesn’t Move - 75 Years of Nico". NYC Art Scene. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ "THE PRINCE OF THE POST HUMAN MOVEMENT JJ BRINE". mishkanyc.com. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ "In conversation with JJ Brine about Vector Gallery". The Hermetic Library Blog. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ "THE UNITED STATES OF VECTOR". Art Nerd New York. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  16. ^ "JJ Brine’s VECTOR Gallery Explores Cultural Hybridity". Critique Collective. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Arts Spotlight: JJ Brine and VECTOR Gallery". cultivatingculture.com. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ "The Crown Prince of Hell". teknari.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  19. ^ "MASS AT VECTOR WITH JJ BRINE AND JULIA MARIA SINELNIKOVA". Art Nerd New York. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  20. ^ "DEAR ANNIE: THE POST-HUMAN EXORCISM". Art Nerd New York. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  21. ^ "JJ Brine’s Al Qaeda art". Ramel. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  22. ^ Brine, JJ (July 16, 2014). An Interview with JJ Brine. Interview with AndrewAndrew. AndrewAndrew Sound Sound. East Village Radio. New York City. 
  23. ^ Cerrona, Jericho (March 28, 2012). “President of Mozambique: JJ Brine.” Symbiotic Reviews. Retrieved Jan. 16, 2013.
  24. ^ Website for DrugLord Records
  25. ^ Rothman, George S. (Aug. 28, 2012). “JJ Brine: President of Mozambique.” Sputnik Music. Retrieved Jan 16, 2013.

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