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Kristin McIver – April 12th 6pm

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting Ways of Reading, a solo exhibition by Australian artist Kristin McIver presented by our friends from Residency Unlimited. Curated by RU’s Program Director Boshko Boskovic. We fell in love with the work the moment Boshko presented it. We are really happy to be bringing this to Court Tree.

Opening Reception: Saturday April 12th 6pm – Court Tree Collective – 371 Court Street – Brooklyn, 11231


Residency Unlimited is delighted to present Ways of Reading, a solo exhibition by Australian artist Kristin McIver curated by Boshko Boskovic RU Program Director at Court Tree Collective. Through text-based objects the artist explores the phenomenon of the “selfie,” the self-portrait of the digital age, where 90 million individuals offer themselves for public consumption on social media.

The series Typecast centers on McIver’s writings, which describe the posture of the selfie sitters found on the internet. Using conventions of screenwriting and the structures of cinema the texts become a set of performative instructions. McIver composes phrases such as: INTERIOR APARTMENT – DAY. LOW ANGLE head shot. Tilted to the right, OFF CENTER. Slight pout. Not too much. Tousled blonde locks cascading casually over left shoulder. Right shoulder sits higher, the arm foreshortened as it extends towards the BOTTOM EDGE OF FRAME.

The artist carefully analyzes the poses and gestures as self-conscious acts where the camera substitutes the mirror representing one’s own vanity. Through her script-like descriptions McIver stages a narrative that reads as a set of directives for a perfect self picture. The desire to achieve the perfect pose and picture angle never ends, hence new photos are fabricated incessantly according to a prescribed set of mannerisms. The number of views becomes an important quantifier of success, since one is being exposed to the followers of the World Wide Web. The artist recognizes the acquiring of perceived status through accumulated “likes” and “friends” as a form of self-validation. The appearance becomes a contest, very similar to a beauty pageant, however it is ambiguous whether the role of judge falls upon the gaze of the viewer or the self.

Kristin McIver uses language as medium: words are dissected, displayed as objects and arranged throughout the gallery space. She reconfigures the sculptural pieces as a fluid material and conceptual device. Her writings are used as ways to engage with popular culture and phrases that appear in these works probe the nature of the current visual communication, revealing its effectiveness as well as its limitations. The “selfie” representation imitates mediated ideals, as observed in advertising, television, and celebrity culture.

Kristin McIver is an Australian artist whose practice includes sculpture, painting and installation. Her most recent exhibitions include “Status Quo” at James Makin Gallery in Melbourne, Asialink’s touring exhibition “Vertigo”,  “Lifeless III at Royale Projects, Palm Springs, California, Sitting Piece, an important survey of Melbourne contemporary artists at the National Gallery of Victoria. McIver’s work has been selected as a finalist in awards and residencies, including at OMI International Arts Centre in Ghent, New York, the Melbourne Sculpture Prize (winner), The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Melbourne, the Montalto Sculpture Prize and the City of Whyalla Art Prize.

Residency Unlimited (RU) is a residency program for artists and curators located in Carroll Gardens at 360 Court Street; it is situated inside the atrium of an old church building. RU is a non-profit organization that creates customized residency formats to support the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art by local/international artists and curators. RU implements programming partnerships with commercial galleries, non-profit spaces and art centers in New York City giving a larger visibility to the artists in residence.

- The Kristin McIver show closes on April 28th. 


Orazio’s new site


Terra Sannita II 2013 60″ x 55″, handmade lime paint, pigments, oil pastel, shellac and graphite on canvas.

Check out Orazio’s new site to see more of his beautiful work.

Still Here with Mark Street



Court Tree Collective proudly presents Still Here by Carroll Gardens artist Mark Street. Mr. Street brings a show of lightbox collages, a triptych video projection and a single channel loop projected weekly through the translucent upper window of Court Tree.

In his own words, “I like to work the surface of film to create rich visuals which I shape in a very intuitive, personal way. Since I started making films in 1983 I’ve always gone back to painting, bleaching and marking frames one by one; I am exhilarated by the tactile relationship with film material. I like the way these abstract films allow the viewer to be drawn into unfamiliar worlds.”

Mr Street has shown work in the New York Museum of Modern Art Cineprobe series (1991, 1994), at Anthology Film Archives (1993, 2006, 2009, 2012), Millennium (1990,1996), and the San Francisco Cinematheque (1986, 1992, 2009). His work has appeared at the Tribeca (5 times), Sundance,  Rotterdam, New York,  London, San Francisco, New York Underground, Sarajevo, Viennale, Ourense (Spain), Mill Valley, South by Southwest, and other film festivals.

The 7 minute loop from the street will be shown Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 6pm – 8pm. Dates 3/21 to 4/4. The opening reception on March 21st will be a “lights off” exhibit. So the viewers can get a full presentation of the work.


The Wild Irish Roses


This was a total treat. On Feb. 22nd Michael X Rose and his four kids Josie (Guitar), Evelynn (Viola), Penelope (Tambourine) and Angus (Drums) are The Wild Irish Roses. Nothing better than hearing kids sing God Save The Queen!

United Noshes in the house!


On Sunday, February 16th, United Noshes hosted their 77th meal with us. We are honored they chose Court Tree. It’s a great project that Jesse and Laura are doing. United Noshes is a multi-year project to cook one feast from every United Nations member and permanent observer in alphabetical order. Not to mention their meals help create contributions to the World Food Program USA. In their own words, “We feel so lucky to not only to have enough food to survive, but also to be able to eat for enjoyment and share food with our friends through our United Noshes dinners.  We recognize that privilege does not exist in much of the world. That’s why we ask guests, if possible, to make a donation to World Food Program USA in support of the United Nations World Food Program, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. As of November 2013, we have raised over $17,400 for WFP USA.

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