Ephraim C. Brown is a conceptual, metal and Assemblage artist, photographer and designer from the Pacific Northwest. Under the umbrella name of E.C. Brown Anomalies he utilizes a combination or rusty scrap metal, found objects, CNC plasma-cut components, 3D printing, digital photography and warped sensibilities to create iconic, mesmerizing and sometimes disturbing works and unusual rusty treasures. He believes that there is beauty to be found in the garbage and discarded items of consumer society and that treasures can be made from trash; and that often, it is the duty of the Artist to “Kick against the pricks” of convention and taste in order to find true purpose and meaning in the creative process. Many of his works are centered around social, philosophical, religious and environmental themes. Religious, technological, the macabre and post-apocalyptic imagery is featured prominently. De-personalization, technological enslavement, religious corruption, greed, environmental degradation and other dark aspects of the human condition play their part in these creations; as well as a bit of macabre or gallows humor and tongue-in-cheek sensibilities.

 

His intricate, elaborate and disturbing pieces were seen at the 2015 Burning Man festival. A few of his pieces were censored and removed from the Tonasket City Library causing his Distorted Icons exhibit to be excluded from 2015 Tonasket Art Walk. The themes and aesthetics of his work often cause him to butt heads with conventional notions of beauty and taste; along with those who feel that art should be "pretty" and "pleasing to the eye".

 

He and his work has been featured in the Horror Zine, Gravel Magazine, Empty Mirror, the Wenatchee World and Seattle Refined. Ephraim is also the owner of the Shatmobile: A flaming, post-apocalyptic art car which he sometimes takes fiery, swashbuckling adventures. He is also involved in the Tonasket-based metal and fabrication shop Hydemade and the Acavallo Carousel project for Burning Man and beyond; and is the Artistic Coordinator of the Okanogan Family Faire. Brown believes in the advocacy and promotion of rural American Avant Gard art and culture, as both can be found in the most unlikely places; especially where it is ignored, overlooked or even undermined by small-town power-structures and social mores. He currently lives and works out of a log cabin in the woods where this is little infrastructure in a remote area of Okanogan County, Washington.

E.C. Brown Artist Statement

 

I seek to create an eclectic mix of seductive, poignant and alchemical pieces made from found objects and things that other people throw away; i.e. treasures from trash.  The scrapyard, the junk pile, thrift-store curiosities and burned-out circuitry set my creativity in motion.  I see beauty within the rust-coated iron I find at abandoned rural dump sites and in the scrap bins of local machine shops.  From the corroded discarded items of Third-World America; I attempt to mold conceptual, iconographic treasures around surreal, spiritual, mythological and esoteric themes.  The incorporation of my own photographic works and digital images adds further allure to my pieces.

 

I see art as perhaps the highest form of invocation. I therefore seek not only to evoke, manifest and bring life to strange new archetypal forms; but also to reinvigorate older images and symbols that they too may be seen by new eyes and examined in new ways.  The tools I use range from the dollar-store paint brush to the oxyacetylene torch. Though planning and discipline form the bedrock of my work, I allow my visions the space they need to take on a life of their own.  My experience tells me that sometimes accidents can achieve better results than careful planning; and that what I allow to happen is often far more interesting than what I want to happen.

 

The collage art of Kurt Schwitters, the surrealism of Salvador Dalí, the Assemblage art of Michael DeMeng, the mythological beauty in the works of John William Waterhouse along with Dada, Steampunk, Victorian-era wrought-iron, the sacred art of India and China, Byzantine iconography, and post-Apocalyptic imagery in film are the some of my more prominent influences. 

 

 

Ephraim C. Brown / E.C. Brown Anomalies Artist Resume

 

Education:

Anacortes High School 1993-1996

GED 2004

Ongoing Independent Studies

 

Grants and Awards:

Non-Profit sponsorship by Green Okanogan, 2011

Luxembourg Art Prize Participation Certificate, 2020

Methow Arts and Icicle Creek Center for the Arts Covid Grant, 2021

 

Solo Exhibitions/Screenings:

Behind the Black Curtain, Tonasket Community Cultural Center, Tonasket, WA Oct. 2019

Tonasket House of Canabis, Tonasket, WA Jan.-Feb. 2019

Secrets and Rust, The Kuhler, Tonasket, WA June-Sept. 2016 (Part of the Tonasket Art Walk)

Distorted Icons, Tonasket Library, Tonasket, WA June 2015

(Censored show that ran for one day before controversial works were removed.)

North Valley Hospital, Tonasket, WA  May-Oct. 2013

Salmon Creek Coffee Company, Okanogan, WA  March - April 2013

Tonasket Library, Tonasket, WA Sept. 2012

Treasures in Strange Forms, Tonasket Community Cultural Center, Tonasket, WA June 2012

Zeitgeist, Mondak Heritage Center, Sidney, MT 2005

 

Other Shows/Exhibitions/Festivals:

Color of Words, Confluence Gallery, Twisp, WA Feb.2020

En Masse: A Showcase of Assemblage, Confluence Gallery, Twisp, WA Apr.-May 2019

25 out of North 40 (Group Exhibit), Community Cultural Center, Tonasket, WA July 2018

Metamorphic Alchemy (Group Exhibit), Community Cultural Center, Tonasket, WA Dec. 2017

Okanogan Family Faire, Tonasket, WA, Oct. 2018

Icons (Group Exhibit), Lynn Hanson Gallery, Seatle, WA, Aug. 2017

Okanogan Family Faire, Tonasket, WA, Oct. 2016

Love and Regret, Red Dragonfly Gallery, Port Townsend, WA, Dec. 2016

Mythology Exhibit, Confluence Gallery, Twisp, WA Oct - Nov 2015

Okanogan Family Faire, Tonasket, WA, Oct. 2015

Burning Man Festival, Black Rock City, NV Sept. 2015

Okanogan Family Spring Faire, Tonasket, WA May 2015

Okanogan Family Faire, Tonasket, WA, Oct. 2014

Omak Art in the Park, Omak, WA, June 2014

Tonasket Art in the Park, Tonasket, WA, Apr. 2014

Hard Art 2 (Metal, Bone, Stone and Glass) Tonasket Visitor Center, Tonasket, WA Aug-Sept 2013

Okanogan Family Faire, Tonasket, WA, Oct. 2013

Colville Art Show, Colville, WA May 2013

Hard Art, Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center, Tonasket, WA, Sept. 2012

Way Out Works, Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center, Tonasket, WA, May 2012

Recycled Art, Tonasket Community Cultural Center,  Tonasket, WA, April 2012

Okanogan Family Faire, Tonasket, WA. Oct. 2011

 

Works on Display / Commissioned Works:

Stone Crow Tattoo, Tonasket, WA, Ongoing Display, 2018

Red Dragonfly Gallery, Port Townsend, WA, Ongoing Display, 2016

Jillian G. Salon, Anacortes, WA, Ongoing Display, 2016

Wuderkrammer Curiosity Shoppe, Tacoma, WA, Ongoing Display, 2016

Trading Post, Oroville, WA, Ongoing Display, 2016

The Kuhler, Tonasket, WA, Ongoing Display, 2016

Okanogan Library, Two pieces, 2012

Aeneas Valley General Store, Tonasket, WA. Various Assemblage pieces 2012,

Metal Solar Lamp Installation, 2011

Claudia Smith, Okanogan, WA. Two Metal Solar Lamp Installations, 2011

Sonya Schaller, Omak, WA. Metal Art Installation, 2011

Okanogan Family Faire, Tonasket, WA. Metal Flower Installation, 2011

Deikel Lassila, Tonasket, WA. Assemblage Art Piece, 2011

Breadline Cafe, Omak, WA. Multiple Assemblage Pieces, 2011

One Drop Coffee Shop, Tonasket, WA. Three Assemblage Pieces, 2011

Tonasket Community Cultural Center, Tonasket, WA.

Multiple Metal and Assemblage Pieces 2011-2012

Claire Jeffko, Tonasket, WA. Assemblage Pieces, 2012

 

Affiliations:

Acavallo Carousel Group (mechanized art car of metal horses, fire and music)

Artistic Coordinator, Okanogan Family Faire

Okanogan County Artists, Member

Tonasket Community Cultural Center, Member

International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists, Member

American Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (ASCAP), Member

International High IQ Society, Member and Newsletter Contributor

 

Publications and Features:

The Art Blog, Artists in the time of Coronavirus, an ongoing virtual exhibition, Part 39, June, 2020

Wake Up Screaming, Edition #13, “Trees” Featured Artist, August, 2018

Priestess & Hierophant Press #4 'A Reaping', Featured Artist, August, 2017

Featured in Seattle Refined (in relation to the Seattle Art Car Blowout), June, 2017

Priestess & Hierophant Press #3 'A Becoming', Featured Artist, June, 2017

Gravel Magazine, Featured Multimedia Artist, February, 2017

The Horror Zine, Featrued Artist, September, 2016

Featured in Okanogan Valley Gazette Tribune, June 25, 2015

Featured in Wenatchee World, June 17, 2015

Featured Artist, Statesman Examiner, May 30, 2013

Featured Artist, Oct - Nov. 2012 Brushstrokes (Newsletter of the Okanogan County Artists)

Featured Artist, Wenatchee World, February 2, 2011

 

Published Works:

Standing room only: Inside the workshop of E.C. Brown Anomalies, Empty Mirror Magazine, Feb. 2017

 

Related Work Experience / Professional Experience:

Metal Worker, PlasmaCAM Operator, Administrator, Mad Scientist Hydemade, Tonasket, WA 2014-Present

Crew Member, Logistical Support, Transport, Setup and Takedown for Acavallo Carousel (mechanized art car of metal horses, fire and music) Burning Man, 2014

Metal Worker, Laborer, Hydemade, Tonasket, WA, 2013 (Worked on Metal Facade of UrBar, NYC)

Graphic Designer,  Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center,  Tonasket, WA 2012 

Welder, Metal Worker, Metal Artist, Okanogan Family Faire, Tonasket, WA, 2011-2015

Graphic Design, Customer Service, Inventory / Daydream Bookshop, Okanogan, WA, 2007

Annual Book Sale Volunteer / Tonasket Library, 2006-2007 (received certificate of appreciation) 

Graphic Designer, Elk River Printing - Sidney, MT, September 2005 - April 2006 

Public Radio Announcer / Fundraiser, KSER Everett WA, 2004

Radio Announcer, Audio Engineer, Web Designer, KGCX 93.1, Sidney, MT 2004-2005

Information Support Specialist, Community Relations Coordinator, Critical Networking, 2004-2006

Activities Coordinator, Announcer, Performer, Hometown Gravy (Non-Profit Organization), Seattle, WA, 2003-2004

Set Builder, Laborer, Coordinator, Performer, Bubble Rally 2003, Seattle, WA, 2003

 

Other Projects:

Designer, Metal Worker, Fabricator, Shatmobile: A Post-Apocolyptic Art Car

Editor, Writer, The Reprobate Tribune (local mini-zine), Tonasket, WA, 2011

Actor, Director, Producer, Melting in a Pool of You, Music Video, 2011 

Actor, Director, Producer, Dance the Machiavellian, Music Video, 2010 

Writer, Performer, Producer, Lügalixium, Studio Album, 2010 

Writer, Performer, Producer, Compositions, Improvisations and Experiments for Solo Guitar, Studio Album, 2008 

Writer, Performer, Producer, Mind Altering Substance, Studio Album, 2007