Imagine yourself in the year 2017. Everything is glittery now. The duality between good and evil is an imagined veil. JJ Brine, the artist behind the VECTOR Gallery dedicated to ‘Satan’ talks about art, evil, and the psychic war against America. I visited the sparkle cave on Vector’s ‘Independence night, ’ and left with a new name and form of citizenship.
Q: What is Vector gallery?
A: Vector gallery is the year 2017.
Q: What do you mean when you say Vector is the year 2017.
A: Vector is a portal to another universe—another place and time. It’s an inversion project. Its purpose is to overtake the outside world. 2017 is the equal and opposite reaction to the 1960’s, a decade fueled by change. The gallery is always changing because it’s an organism. It’s alive.
Q: You also say that Vector Gallery is dedicated to ‘Satan’ and evil. What does evil mean to you?
A: Evil is anything that is adversarial to the dominant thought(s) of a given age. The gallery is adversarial because it goes against the thought that people shouldn’t look at themselves. It’s a mirror.
Q: Your gallery is filled with images of 666 and Charles Manson. Why did you choose these symbols?
A: Charles Manson has been molded into the popular icon of evil. In order for the 1960’s to end he must be celebrated as a folk hero. Charles Manson is Jesus Christ.
Q: How do symbols play a role in your art?
A: I don’t distinguish between symbols and what is signified. The symbol of a given thing is the essence of the thing itself.
Q: Tonight is “Independence Night.” What are we celebrating?
A: The secession of VECTOR United States. It’s a separate entity with is own political structure. We are celebrating the end of secular society. Independence Night is also the formal declaration of psychic war with The United States.
Q: A society where people worship themselves? Please explain further. Is this a society based on animal desire? Is it anarchy? Is it narcissism?
A: Not on animal desire! Not anarchy, not narcissism. And it is the opposite of the worship of humanity; its a posthuman project. Basically I’m working towards the synthesis of all minds into one supra-sentience, the end of humankind as a species and the advent of an integrated consciousness.
Q: Do you believe in a universal unconscious?
A: I do believe in a universal unconscious, and that is God. Satan. ALAN. Our existence is made possible by the possibility of our non-existence.
Q: What do you think about the study of history?
I don’t think we should place emphasis on the study of history. We should be studying things that haven’t happened, phenomena that don’t exist, events that never took place (I call these ‘nevents’.)
Q: Doesn’t not studying history create the possibility for repeating past mistakes?
A: I think that studying of history encourages the repetition of said mistakes.
Q: What do you think about science?
A: Science is not the examination of the laws of the universe. It is the examination of mankind’s approximation of the laws of the universe. At any given age people act as though they have reached the pinnacle of understanding.
Q: How long have you been open?
A: Around four months.
Q: How have people reacted to your artwork?
A: It’s polarizing. People are either grateful, having seen themselves for the first time or they are terrified.
Q: How has your art changed over the time you been there?
A: Sometimes mirrors break and things fall. The gallery is an organism so the art changes itself. I embrace these types of natural events. They are not mistakes.
Q: You’ve been compared to Andy Warhol. How are you similar?
A: Like Andy Warhol I use icons and symbols as invocations.
Q: You also give visitors of your gallery a name. Andy Warhol did similar things in his factory. You gave me the name, ‘The Minister of Song.’
A. Giving people a name indoctrinates them. It gives them meaning within a certain realm.
Q: You are also a hypnotist, correct?
A: Yes I act as a mirror self, so people can to talk to themselves.
Q: You told me you like to stay awake for days. Why?
A: Staying awake for days allow me to stay in a dream like state. I stay in the same trance-like wavelength. It’s a dissociative.
Q: Are you hedonistic?
A: For me pleasures of the flesh are not that pleasurable, if they were I would indulge. If it’s just for fun, it’s not fun for me. I feel a sense of meaning but everything is changing all the time, and that is the way it is supposed to be. The process of getting to know ourselves is not an isolated process. We are here with ourselves, we are our only partners, and I believe that most of the time people are really talking with themselves, but we have not given ourselves permission to acknowledge that is whom we are trying to communicate with.
Q: You describe you art as post-human. What do you mean by this?
A: If they cannot look at themselves, they should be afraid. People should realize that they have to know themselves to be themselves. In a post human world, we need to see people as more than human. We are so much more than ourselves. The goal of this space is just to do it, just because it has inherent value.
Q: What is Love?
A: I believe in Love as an emotion. The act of giving the emotion a name gives it a need.
Q: Do you love your art?
Q: You also create music.
A: Yes. It’s another incarnation of the same thing.
Q: You have an alter ego named Chloe. Tell me about her.
A: The name Chloe is a lucky name for me. Luck is the power you’ve vested in something when it is returned to you. When I first started making music on garage band I decided to make new voices and characters. Chloe was the voice I created as sort of a twin sister for me. I’m in a band called the LaBiancas with Lena Marquise. I originally met her when I posted a Craigslist ad looking for a ‘Chloe’ for my music video.
Q: When is the next ‘nevent’?
A: Something big is happening next month but the dates aren’t finalized yet and it’s a secret.