Masao Gozu: Windows to New York
May 15th – Aug 1st, 2021

Court Tree Collective is pleased to announce Windows to New York. Featuring the photograph and sculpture of internationally celebrated artist Masao Gozu. The exhibition is a rare chance to witness Gozu’s photography alongside his carefully constructed sculptures, an ode to the city that he has grown to love and call home since 1970. The exhibition opens May 15th, 2021.

Born in Nagano Prefecture in 1946, he studied art and design in Japan, before moving to Brooklyn in 1970. By 1973, he graduated from the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Despite his formal art training, Gozu began teaching himself photography. Something that would shape his artistic career. The bulk of Gozu’s photographic portfolio are images focused on windows. Whether a series documenting the subtle changes of Harold’s Bar window over the years, or a portrait of eager parade-watchers leaning out, the window is an undeniable motif of Masao Gozu’s art. The windows represent the vessel to the passing of time. Despite shooting at an angle, he developed a process of perspective adjustments that alters the composition to appear straight-on. This highly innovative printing technique created the passage of witnessing the subject straight on.

Furthermore, beginning in 1984, he began collecting rubble from the many construction sites in New York City. This historical collection of brick would become the medium for his infamous sculpture work. After resizing the bricks he began to reconstruct the windows of histori buildings. The sculptures are architectural facades, careful recreations that offer tangible versions of settings he has photographed and experienced while living in New York. Masao Gozu has witnessed the transformation of New York City, and his photographs and sculptures archive his observations of NY moments; an ethnographic and documentarian oeuvre that upholds the Japanese artist’s appreciation for his American experience.

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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.︎



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