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.

We are a family-run art gallery specializing in emerging artists to offer a unique and intimate experience for art enthusiasts. Court Tree Collective showcases outsider art, which often defies traditional artistic conventions, alongside works by up-and-coming artists to add depth and diversity to the gallery's offerings. Visitors can expect to encounter raw, authentic expressions of creativity that challenge perceptions and ignite curiosity. By nurturing rising talent and championing unconventional voices, the gallery plays a vital role in fostering a vibrant and inclusive art community.

Our gallery is curated by artists for artists, which fosters a dynamic and supportive environment where creative visionaries can thrive. With firsthand understanding of the artistic process, the curators can showcase works that resonate deeply with both artists and audiences. This curated space celebrates diversity, innovation, and experimentation; it provides a platform for emerging and established artists to connect, collaborate, and showcase their talents. By upholding a community-driven approach to curation, the gallery becomes a vibrant hub for inspiration, dialogue, and artistic exchange.︎



Industry City
51 35th Street,
BLD #5
2nd FL, Suite B236
Brooklyn, NY 11232

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728 41st Street #1F
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Thurs - Sat 12 - 6pm
Sun 12 - 5pm
*and by appointment

The 36 St subway station {D, N, R, trains} is the nearest one to Industry City in Brooklyn

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