Court Tree Collective proudly presents the series Maps by the great painter Orazio De Gennaro. In earlier times, maps were made based on our perception of the world and how we imagined it to be. Maps suggest the journey. They are about a sense of place – our place, our home in the world- and how we navigate out from that home. And they are all about discovery. Inspired by a visit to the Galleria della Carta Geographica at the Vatican Museum, Orazio’s Map Series, is deeply rooted in his identity – in his intuitive relationship with the land, “his earth” and all that carries with it. Orazio uses earth materials – lime, pigments and marble dust – to mix his own paint. He painstakingly builds up the surface, layer by layer, to create lush surfaces of translucence and depth, infused with light. Within the surface of the painting, he creates many passages, which draw the viewer deeper into realms of mystery lurking just below the surface. His kind of mapmaking connects him to his source and to memory and suggests a veiled landscape of what lies within. They offer us a glimpse of another world and an intimacy with the landscape – be it inner or outer – unfolding before us.
We are honored and excited to be exhibiting this work. Orazio embodies everything we started our gallery for. A great painter, person and chef who has been living in Brooklyn for the past 30 years. His work and life is truly inspiring and we feel fortunate to be given the opportunity to exhibit his work at Court Tree. On December 14th he will also be giving a cooking demonstration. Come enjoy a homemade pasta dish, surrounded by his beautiful work.
Special thanks goes out to Pietro, Denver, Linda and Orazio for making this happen.
Opening Reception: December 11th, 7 – 9pm
Cooking Demo: December 14th, 2 – 5pm (BOOK HERE!)
Court Tree Collective proudly presents Eye to Eye, a group exhibition of photography by Jovana Reljic, Ian Reid, Maxim Mjödov and Stephen Lipuma. Through a shared affinity towards the public space as a site for moments of intimacy, these four photographers from Russia, United States and Serbia present a collective sensibility, a collective eye. Although originating from different parts of the globe the similarities in their work are uncanny.
Curated by Court Tree Collective co-founder and photographer Stephen Lipuma, the show was mostly composed by daily viewings of the creative resource Behance. Unintentional at first, Lipuma began to notice other photographers’ work to share very similar projects. It first started with the work of Maxim Mjödov which Lipuma found during his weekly viewings of the Behance updates. The similarities between Mjödov and Lipuma’s work opened up the notion that artists from around the world shoot similar subjects or scenes without having met each other or known about each other’s projects before hand. Next, it was the discovery of a single image that Ian Reid photographed in St. Maarten. In both Lipuma and Reid’s photographs a plane comes in for a landing over a vacation beach setting a stage for humor and irony when viewing these two photographs concurrently. Moreover, it added to the idea that an artistic collective consciousness exists; and this show is about just that.
Maxim Mjödov, Red Square pose, 2012
Stephen Lipuma, Head Series, 2012
We are happy to announce that on Nov. 16th the dynamic duo known as Tangra will be taking over Court Tree Collective.
From 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm they will do what they do best. Cook for you!
Tangra is an Indo-Chinese pop up celebrating fresh ingredients grown locally. It was founded by Chitra Agrawal (the Indian half) of The ABCD’s of Cooking and Diana Kuan (the Chinese half) of Appetite of China and Brooklyn Atlas. The food pays tribute to Tangra, a Calcutta neighborhood that is home to generations of Hakka Chinese and a cuisine that is a perfect mix of Chinese food traditions and Indian ingredients.
Dinner will be served at 7:30PM, but doors will open at 7pm so you can come and hang out in the gallery space beforehand.
Ticket price includes: A spectacular communal & multi-course Indo-Chinese dinner, drinks & gratuity. Book Here!