The J Train

by Jordan Sullivan


"Ladies and Gentlemen, this J train will be running express to Marcy Avenue."

Painted Vessel Sculpture, Vintage Kerosene Jug

‘The J Train’ features portraits of subway riders (complete with Mets hats and cell phones) packed onto the Jamaica Local, carnivalesque stripes and the Domino Sugar factory sign.

Brooklyn-based artist Jordan Sullivan recently made a return to painting after a decade of work in photography. The new work on found objects and canvas explores narratives surrounding community, belonging, and coexistence. Sullivan draws upon imagery from his childhood spent across Houston, Ohio, Detroit, Indonesia, London and New York City for his detailed paintings of people and their surroundings.

In addition to canvas and found-wood, Sullivan’s painting has migrated onto three dimensional vessels, including the antique kerosene jug and vintage stoneware crock currently on view at Alcove.

Also a writer and bookmaker, Sullivan’s photography, curatorial projects, and prose have been featured in publications such as The Paris Review, The New Nork Times T Magazine, The New Yorker, Italian Vogue, Vice and Elle. He was a finalist for the Third Coast Fiction Award and the Grand Prix de la Découverte/NoFound Prize for experimental photography. His most recent book, Poems for the Morning After, was published by Paradigm Publishing (2019). He is the co-founder with photographer Aaron Stern of publishing project 205-A. His mural “Hang On To Each Other” was on view at the Wythe Hotel this past winter.