White Columns

“Never Created, Never Destroyed”
A reading and conversation featuring
S*an D. Henry-Smith with Justin Allen, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., and Kearra Amaya Gopee

S*an D. Henry-Smith, engraved, 2020, archival inkjet print, unique

Tuesday, January 26th, 5pm EST


White Columns, with artist S*an D. Henry-Smith, is pleased to present the first in a series of virtual readings and conversations in celebration of the artist’s exhibition, “in awe of geometry & mornings”.

For this event Henry-Smith along with poet and performer Justin Allen, artist and photographer Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., and visual artist Kearra Amaya Gopee will come together for a reading and conversation reflecting on language, image, and text in their practices.

Justin Allen makes performances and writes poems and essays to understand our relationships to time, social context, and place. He has shared his work at The Poetry Project, Brooklyn Museum, BAAD!, and ISSUE Project Room where he was a 2020 artist-in-residence. He has received support from Franklin Furnace and Foundation for Contemporary Arts.


Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. (b. 1993, Baldwin, New York) contemplates the use of discretion in photography. He lives and works in Queens, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York (2019); Staple Goods, New Orleans (2019); and Baxter St. at the Camera Club of New York (2019). His work has been included in various group exhibitions with Public Art Fund, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The MAC Belfast, Leslie Lohman Museum, and PPOW Gallery, among others.

Brown is included in recent exhibitions that include Upkeep at The Arts Club of Chicago, IL and New Photography: Create, Collect, Compile at the New Orleans Museum of Art, LA. He recently completed the 2019-20 AIRspace Residency at Abrons Art Center, New York, and was a recipient of the 2019 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. Brown received his BFA in Photography from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.


Kearra Amaya Gopee is an anti-disciplinary visual artist from Carapichaima, Trinidad and Tobago. They are currently based in Tovaangar (Los Angeles). Their research based practice focuses on the nature of violence and erasure, and the particularities of those that are inflicted on the Caribbean and its diasporas by the global north.



About “in awe of geometry & mornings”:

“in awe of geometry & mornings” brings to scale a selection of ten photographs drawn from Wild Peach, Henry-Smith’s collection of poems and photographs published in Fall 2020 by Futurepoem. The artist describes Wild Peach as an exploration of nonlinear, non-narrative time through what they identify as a sonic offering of image and text – a sensory amplification of the natural world and life in all of its transitory states – challenging poetry and photography to work together without illustrating one another.

Henry-Smith’s images have emerged from a long-standing process of witnessing what they have described as “the abstractions of the available.” The photographs themselves exist within a larger constellation of works made across several years and in different locales including: Goosenecks State Park, UT; Catskills, NY; New Orleans, LA; and Brooklyn, NY, among others.

“in awe of geometry & mornings” is currently on view at White Columns through March 6th.

Copies of Wild Peach available for purchase here: https://www.futurepoem.com/books/wild-peach

White Columns
91 Horatio Street
New York, NY 10014
Tuesday–Saturday, 12–6 PM