John Brainard was a lawyer, editor and poet. He died in New London, Connecticut on September 26, 1828.
He was a well-known figure in his time, known for his clumsy walk, pale sensitive face and abstracted air. He also had great personal charm.
Early Life and Education
John Brainard was born in October 1796 in New London, Connecticut. He was the son of a judge and the grandson of Lion Gardiner, the man who founded the English settlement on Long Island that would eventually become New York State.
He was a member of the Society of Methodists and later a missionary to American Indians. He also served as a trustee of Princeton College for over twenty-six years.
His artistic career was largely focused on the visual arts and he devoted far more time to them than to writing. His collages and assemblages transformed ordinary objects into stunning works of art. He worked with a number of significant New York School artists, including Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery. His friendships with literary figures such as Ron Padgett and Edmund Berrigan also influenced his work.
In the early 1860s John Brainard was appointed as the rector of St Peter’s Church in Auburn, New York. During his tenure the parish had few financial problems and a magnificent cathedral-like church and chapel.
Then came the unlucky episode that nearly ruined his career. It was a boorish ambition on the part of Leonard Christler, his assistant.
Fortunately the vestry was not content with Christler and found another assistant for the old man in the person of Rev. Norton T. Houser.
Achievements and Honors
John Brainard made many contributions to his community and the world. He was a renowned author who published several works, including “Occasional Pieces of Poetry” and “The Invalid on the East End of Long Island.”
While he wrote about various themes, his writing was characterized by clarity, bold simplicity, accuracy of execution and feeling, humor, casual elegance and a charm that invited audiences in rather than keeping them at arm’s length.
During his time in college, Brainard developed a strong interest in literary arts and began to write poetry. He also studied the doctrines of Christian grace.
John Brainard’s writing and art reflect a gentle spirit and carelessness that enables him to elicit strong identification from readers. He uses a variety of literary devices to achieve this, including the first person and the dismantling of his life story into minuscule components.
A quintessential example of this approach is his gouache painting Pepsi-Cola Black-Eyed Susans, which combines an iconic Pepsi bottle with an image of the Virgin Mary, thus appropriating an iconic symbol without resorting to kitsch. In the same way, his collages and assemblages combine holy images with everyday objects.
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