Matthew J Brown

Matthew J. Brown is a visual artist living in East Tennessee. Brown received his B.F.A. from East Tennessee State University in 2015. Brown’s work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured in Documentum, iGNANT, It’s Nice That, Oxford American, the Latent Image, among others. His work resides in the public collection at East Tennessee State University.

New Developments

New Developments is an ongoing body of work which attempts to document a region in transition, one whose relationship with the landscape has greatly shifted, becoming less reliant on agriculture in favor of real estate. The identity of the region is redefined through the prevalence of these projects. These developments alter the topography and in turn, the culture of the area. These structures make the landscape non-specific and ubiquitous, homogenized by big box stores. I question what makes a place suitable for development, commerce, interaction, and habitation. These subjects begin to unknowingly act as symbols, functioning as monuments of contemporary culture and as historical artifacts existing simultaneously within Southern Appalachia.

To view more of Matthew’s work please visit his website.



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Small Talk Collective
Womens Photography Collective
Small Talk Collective
Portland, Oregon


Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Small Talk is a photography collective comprised of seven women: Audra Osborne, Briana Cerezo, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kelli Pennington, Kristina Hruska, Leslie Hickey, and Marico Fayre. As a group, we explore the nature of what it means to be a visual storyteller, pool resources, provide support and critique, and facilitate community events and discussions. We engage in the best kind of "small talk," that which binds us together both as a collective and within a larger community of women and minority artists, fostering stronger work and collaboration. Our first book, We're Always Touching by Underground Wires, was published in April 2018.

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