Invitational Poetry and Prose Readings

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Invitational Poetry and Prose Readings

May 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Court Tree Gallery proudly presents The XY Chromosome Project. The recent collages of filmmakers Mark Street and Lynne Sachs. Street and Sachs have been making films individually and collaboratively for over 30 years, which is also the length of their relationship as a couple.

The XY Chromosome Project follows the career paths of Lynne Sachs and Mark Street. To follow this path is like tracing the blueprint on devotion. Working both together and individually for the past 30 years, each has carved out their own niche without the obvious influences of being married. They part ways to be left alone to their own creations. It is the respect for the other’s work that bonds them. Left alone, their work could not be more different. Lynne’s work is cerebral and emotional. As seen in her full length films Your Day is My Night and Tip of My Tongue. She collages the art of storytelling by layering stunning visuals while swimming between reality and performance. Her films are remarkable. Mark is the experimental film hero, a pioneer in film manipulation, an encyclopedia in the world of experimental films. His film work is solely connected to what is possible in the organics of film manipulation. They celebrate experimentation in its truest form. Yet both come down on the same line when it matters most. The line of captivation which as any artist knows is the hardest to achieve. In 2010, they created The XY Chromosome Project an umbrella for their collaborative ventures. Together they have produced an array of collaborative installations, performances, and two-dimensional art works. In addition to exhibiting their collages on the walls of the Court Tree Gallery, they will present movies, poetry and essays by themselves and other artists and writers throughout the month of May.


Thursday, May 24 – Invitational Poetry and Prose Readings 7 – 9 PM

Lynne and Mark invite local writers of poetry and prose Denver Butson, Jason Dubow, Paolo Javier, Heather Johnson, and Maria Robinson Somerville to look at the idea of the XY Chromosome – the notion of boy-girl, gender, sex, DNA, biology, society, and identity.

Guest writers: Denver Butson is a Brooklyn-based poet, collaborator with artists in various disciplines, father, husband, cook, gardener, guitarist, and creative director of an arts and cultural center in southern Italy. Many of his poems involve real or imagined tensions between real or imagined people in real or imagined relationships. Jason Dubow teaches at St. Francis College and is working on a book that grew out of his blog, “LearnMeProject: Reflections on One Family’s Home School Experiment and Beyond”. Jason and his son Isaac, a jazz trumpet player, will read/perform their collaborative essay “A Father and Son in a Sort of Conversation.” Paolo Javier’s collaboration with Listening Center appeared as a book-cassette, Ur’lyeh/Aklopolis in early 2017. A featured artist in MoMA PS1’s 2015 Greater NY Show as well the Queens International ‘18, Paulo is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, including Court of the Dragon which Publisher’s Weekly calls “a linguistic time machine”. Heather Lynn Johnson is the author of The Survival Guide for Queer Black Youth and the 2017 literary fellow for the Queer|Art|Mentorship program. Heather’s work is characterized by its lyricism and cultural critique. Through the use of imagery and the written word, Johnson explores being other-ed in a consumerist society by mining the history of gender, sexuality, and the racialized body. Maria Robins-Somerville received a Hopwood Prize for Poetry at the University Michigan. This fall, she’ll be starting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She will read an essay about her twin brother.


May 24, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Court Tree Collective


Court Tree Collective
371 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231 United States
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