Born Queens NY 1976

Ellen Jong is a native New York City mixed media artist whose practice is rooted in conceptual interventions and autobiographical themes to discuss issues that have to do with identity, form and language. Her art is characterized by her materials of literal and symbolic constructs often using methods/tools/objects of the vernacular to develop a syntax that is driven by a personal narrative. Originally a student in psychology, she continues her studies in human behavior, order/disorder and desire through her experimental and process driven art practice. She is known to use the body, text, neon and performative elements to engage with her audience, all of which inform contemporary human, specifically female, issues and expressions.

Jong is the author of two photographic monographs. Her pee series was first presented by Vice Magazine in 2000 and later published as Pees On Earth by Miss Rosen Edition/powerhouse Books in 2006. The book includes a transcribed conversation between Jong and performance artist Annie Sprinkle, and chronicles eight years of Jong in her 20's staking claim on her body and place by peeing in the world and photographing it. Mostly taken at arm's length with the YashicaT4 snapshot film camera, the series reveals an intimate 'happening' of a young woman challenging and discovering her own voice. In 2010, she self-published Getting To Know My Husband's Cock, a love song in photos and text. It is a collection of #bts photographs over the first three years of falling in love and first year of marriage. Her solo show exhibited photographs and video of this series at Allegra LaViola Gallery in 2012. Vince Aletti reviewed in The New Yorker, "It's her unapologetic lust that comes across most appealing here." The book is also featured in Bruno Ceschel's DIY Photo Book Manual and Manifesto published by aperture books.

Jong's recent body of work was provoked by a trip to Guilin, China in 2014 which motivated her to revisit childhood lessons in calligraphy and painting and begin her series of sculptural works in ink. The earliest artifacts of Chinese inks can be dated back to 12th century BC. By applying the first methods used to make ink/ink sticks she plays on the cusp of tradition and avant-garde. Her studio is located in the Catskills, 2 hours from the Lower East Side where she resides part-time.

Ellen Jong's art has been exhibited in NY, Miami, Paris, Milan, Copenhagen and Shanghai. She has shown her works alongside artists including Nan Goldin, Jean-Christian Bourcart, Bazarre Teens, Sophia Wallace and Swoon. In 2002, she was the principal curator and project coordinator for the installation of 18 concept guest rooms in the inaugeration of The Creek Hotel South Beach during Art Basel Miami Beach 2002. Artists included Jose Parla, Marina Zurkow, Justin Luke and Oliver Lutz. Other curatorial projects for special events included artists Pia Camil, Nicole Wittenberg, Andrea Mary Marshall and John Gordon Gauld

EXHIBITIONS 

Solo Show

2015 Sea Bounds, Basement 6 Collective Space, Shanghai, China

2012 Invisible Line, Allegra LaViola Gallery NY

2000 I.C.U.P, Vice Magazine Flagship Store, NY

Group Show

2018 Current: Abortion curated by Barbara Zucker, A.I.R. Gallery NY

2016 The Female Gaze curated by Indira Cesarine, Untitled Space, NY

2015 I Never Could Talk To You, with Bazaar Teens, City Bird Gallery, NY

2014 XXX curated by Mathieu Borysevicz, Bank MABSociety Gallery, Shanghai, China

2011 Self-Publish Be Happy curated by Bruno Ceschel, Micamera Milan, Italy

2011 Art of Affection curated by Caroll Taveras, F.L.O.A.T. Gallery, NY

2009 The Vice Photo Show, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, FR

2006 Toy Box with White Box, Robert Miller Gallery, NY

2006 Speed Limit, LMCC’s Redhead Gallery, NY

2005 Pretend Friendly curated by Alfredo Martinez, the:artist:network, NY

Art Fairs

2017 Milk and Night curated by Coco Dolle, Spring Break Art Fair NY

2016 Bizarre Teens, Spring Break Art Fair NY

2010 Empire State of Mind, Staldgade 38, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen, DK

2009 ArtLog/Manish Vora presents, Pulse Art Fair, Miami, FL

2009 Scope Art Fair, Marketplace, Miami, FL

2008 The New York Photo Festival, DUMBO NY

2005 Experiments at Scope NY, Flatotel Hotel, NY

2005 Open Eat, Curator, Photo NY

SPECIAL PARTICIPATION

2013 The Watermill Center Summer Benefit, The Watermill Center, NY

2013 Whitney Art Party, The Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art, NY

2012 Book presentation, The Hole Gallery Bookshop, NY

2011 MiCamera Bookshop, Self Publish Be Naughty, Milan Italy

2010 Crone Benefit, Gavin Brown Enterprise, NY

REVIEWS

Carlo McCormick, Photograph Magazine July 2012

Vince Aletti, The New Yorker June 2012

Sean O’Hagan, On Photography, The Guardian July 25, 2012

Bruno Ceschel, Foam Magazine Issue #29 Oct 2011

Alec Soth’s Best Photo Books of 2010, 2010

PUBLISHED WORKS/SITATIONS

2015 Self Publish Be Happy by Bruno Ceschel, Aperture Books, NY

2012 Serpent on the Mount, Self-Published proof, NY

2011 Self Publish Be Naughty, Self-Publish Be Happy Publishing, London

2010 Getting To Know My Husband’s Cock, Self-Published, NY (monograph)

2009 Public Panics: Problematic Bodies in Social Places, Adam Eldridge, London UK

2007 Vice Photo Book, Vice Magazine Publishing, NY

2006 Pees On Earth, Miss Rosen Edition/powerHouse Books, NY (monograph)

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