John Whitlock

John Whitlock (b. 1979) is an artist and musician living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Widely recognized for his collage work, his current practice includes charcoal drawing, painting and mixed-media assemblage on canvas and paper. John has been exhibited internationally and featured in various publications such as the New York Times and The Atlantic. He was profiled with a four page feature in Gestalten’s Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art.

Artist Statement: 
Familiarity through abstraction. My work is about transformation and the reframing of the familiar. Ordinary images take on an ambiguous meaning when stripped of their context and resurfaced into new, kaleidoscopic form. Like a distant memory presenting itself in a déjà vu, the aim is to evoke implied, but equivocal narrative through abstraction. The current work starts with small, noir-like collages that are reproduced as large-scale charcoal drawings, and further transformed as cut works for both canvas and paper. Built up through improvised layers of acrylic paint, charcoal, cut canvas and paper, the resulting compositions are both formalist and representational, structured and chaotic.

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Court Tree Collective was established in 2013 by a group of artists and creatives with the primary purpose of representing and supporting the work of emerging and established contemporary artists. Since its opening Court Tree Collective has been a staple to south Brooklyn’s emerging art scene and in a short time has exhibited a number of important exhibitions. In addition they have curated a number of exhibitions at satellite locations throughout the states and abroad.︎



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