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Recess’s mission is to support the creative process of contemporary artists by providing a space for
productive activity and a platform for a partnership with the public. By offering artists flexible work/ exhibition space, artists are given agency to determine the visibility of their work and the parameters of its presentation.

Free of charge and open to the public, Recess facilitates everyday interactions between artists and the
community in order to promote the productive space of the working artist as a site of valuable visual and intellectual interactions. Our endeavors offer critical exposure for the artists we support while fostering an inclusive environment in which artists and the public can engage in a meaningful exchange of art and ideas.

Recess was formed in May 2009 to address concerns that emerging artists cannot afford to live or work
in proximity to exhibition communities. Securing a platform to gain visibility and develop creative goals and a professional career is often a daunting task. The organization was likewise founded to actively respond to changing modes of production. Contemporary artwork, unlike more traditional forms, can be site-specific, performance-based or ephemeral in nature. The traditional gallery space is often unable to accommodate the interactive, process-based artistic production. The artist’s studio is also changing: no longer bound to conventional space, the studio of the contemporary artist is the street, the gallery, or anywhere the practitioner chooses to work. Session was conceived to directly take on the evolving conditions of contemporary art, realizing ambitious projects that don’t always “fit” in the customary context.
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Session at Recess


Deadline:
Sat Mar 14, 2015 23:59

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Recess is an artists’ workspace that is open to the public. We promote critical exposure for artists while fostering an inclusive environment in which artists and the public can engage in a meaningful exchange of art and ideas.

Artists are given flexible storefront space and resources to realize ambitious projects and Recess remains open to the public at every stage of the project’s development. Though similar to a residency program, Session goes beyond the traditional structure to facilitate interactions between artists and audiences throughout the creative process. We encourage artists to engage with their audience in a manner specific to their creative goals, while using Recess as a studio, exhibition space, or experimental platform to generate new work.


EVENT

Jessica Segall: 1/2 a cord


Dates:
Tue Jan 06, 2015 00:00 - Sat Jan 17, 2015

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Jessica Segall: 1/2 a cord

In Session: January 6 – January 17, 2015
Campout: January 9, 6pm-10am
Closing Campout: January 16, 6pm-10am

On January 6, Jessica Segall will begin work on ½ a cord as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’s public space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.

Jessica Segall’s installation at Recess involves a very simple task rendered complicated in New York City. During the installation, Jessica will be tending to a small fire in the center of the gallery. Visitors are welcome to stay, warm up and engage in conversation for any period of time. There is no formal behavior aside from general campsite rules:

Campsite rules:
• Camp only in designated campsites.
• Solicitation or selling any item is strictly prohibited.
• Do not disturb the magic fox.
• Generators are prohibited.
• Littering or discharging sewage or gray water on the ground is prohibited. Please use restrooms.
• The use of electrical insect-killing devices is prohibited.
• The discharging of firearms, BB guns, paintball guns, bow and arrows, sling shots or any devices that use burning powder, explosives, compressed gases, etc. is prohibited.
• As a courtesy to other visitors, it is recommended you bring no more than two dogs per campsite.
• No person shall possess fireworks.
• No person shall intentionally expose themselves in a lewd manner.
No person shall engage in fighting or violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior; or engage in any other activity which violates the Penal Law.
• No person shall possess firearms except during the spring and fall hunting seasons.
• Ghost stories and live music are encouraged after 6 pm.
• Feel free to feed the crickets
Notice: Cell phones have been automatically disabled.

About the Artist:
Jessica Segall is a multidisciplinary artist living in New York City. With a mix of humor and elbow grease, her work investigates the link between creativity and survival; engaging current cultural attitudes towards adaptation. Segall’s work has been exhibited at the 10th Havana Bienal, The National Gallery of Indonesia, The Queens Museum of Art, the Aldrich Museum, The Inside Out Museum in Beijing and The National Modern Art Gallery of Mongolia. She is the recipient of grants including Art Matters, the Leighton International Artist Exchange Program, an Arts and Science grant from Chicago University and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Jessica attended artist residencies at Skowhegan, The MacDowell Colony, Sculpture Space, Kuenstledorf Schoppingen, Art OMI, Bemis, SOMA, Triangle Arts and Socrates Sculpture Park. She is a graduate of Bard College and received her MFA from Columbia University. Jessica is a current AIRspace resident at Abrons Art Center. www.jessicasegall.com


EVENT

Chris Domenick: You are Apple/Pear


Dates:
Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:00 - Sat Dec 20, 2014

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Chris Domenick: You are Apple/Pear

In Session: November 4 – December 20, 2014
Smoothie Social: November 22, 3-6pm
Performance: December 18, 6-8pm

On November 4, Chris Domenick will begin work on You are Apple/Pear as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’s public space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.

Over the course of his Session, Domenick will explore the historical genre of the still life and its accompanying fruit basket. The fruit basket’s political implications of ownership and display and its significance in the history of Modernism have physically transformed into a smoothie: a singular metaphor for multiplicity. Domenick will investigate how objects are constantly negotiating their component parts.

solid sphere liquifies- becomes particle, laminated, blended into unified texture.

Domenick will collect objects that reflect the surrounding local economy of Soho. He will explore the various possibilities of how to combine the collected objects and will utilize linguistic devices (metaphor, metonymy, and synecdoche) to playfully rewrite their histories. Through this process, he will address the shifting subjectivity of objects and the resulting impact on the construction of identity. He will ask how inanimate objects enable human subjects to transform themselves, and survey the consequences of this shift.

The apple is: a container for meaning, a complex web of disparate points, a symbol of evil, a historical corruption, a curious tween, the viewer.

Recess’s space will operate as an interstitial workspace between private studio, photo booth for objects, and public exhibition space. Three customized commercial photography still life tables will be used in the space as sculptural tableaus and sites for ever-changing still life set-ups. In addition to the tables there will be a constructed kitchen island in the center of the space where a blender will be stationed and utilized throughout the Session.

About the Artist:
Chris Domenick is a visual artist who currently lives and works in Queens, NY. He received a BFA from Tyler School of Art and MFA from Hunter College. He is the recipient of the C-12 Award (judges included Stefan Kalmár, Chrissie Iles, and Johanna Burton) from Hunter College in 2013. He participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012 and has been included in exhibitions at Room East, Socrates Sculpture Park, Vox Populi, White Box, Louis B James, The Center for Experimental Lectures, The Queens Museum of Art, Capricious Space, and MassMOCA.

Contact info@recessactivities.org for images and information.


EVENT

Mira Friedlaender: Half of What’s There


Dates:
Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:00 - Sat Oct 25, 2014

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Reception: Sept 18, 6-8pm
Public Conversation: Oct 11, 2-3:30pm
Closing Reception: Oct 23, 6-8pm

On September 2, 2014, Mira Friedlaender will begin work on Half of What’s There as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’s public space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.

Over the course of her Session, the artist will unpack, document, and inventory the life’s work of Bilge Civelekoglu Friedlaender.

Bilge came to New York at the age of 24 to become an artist. A Turkish émigré active from the 1970s-1990s, she produced non-objective work in the form of works with paper, installations, and sculpture. She was also Mira’s mother.

When Bilge died, her gallery did not continue representation, and so her life’s output has remained in storage, undisturbed, for years. Bringing these works from storage to Recess to be unpacked, Mira will take on the role of artist, art handler and registrar. Each week of the Session she will present a new installation of excavated works. She will display her mother’s work alongside the materials that have housed and informed it: storage bins, packing supplies, and a selection of original ephemera.

As she sorts these materials, Mira’s labor will become a public performance that draws attention to the epic archives that represent the fate of most artworks. Throughout the Session she will respond to the formal components of the evolving installation as well as her mother’s work by creating new works in video, on paper and with reconstituted stored materials.

In a series of conversations with art industry workers she will further excavate ideas of value, legacy, presentation and labor. Reframing the installation, deinstallation, and storage processes as the center of artistic activity, Mira will present the hidden economy of art removed from the market.

About the Artist:

Mira Friedlaender is a Brooklyn – based multidisciplinary artist who puts creative struggle at the center of her projects. She received a BA from Tufts University, BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and her MFA from NYU. She has exhibited her work locally and internationally and has been a Visiting Artist at the American Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh and at Dulcinea Independent Art Space, Istanbul, Turkey.
She has always been a fan of packing materials.

41 Grand Street, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10013
Tuesday – Saturday 12-6; Thursday 2-8
(646) 863-3765‎
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EVENT

Ruka (To braid/ to knit/ to weave)


Dates:
Tue Jun 03, 2014 00:00 - Sat Aug 02, 2014

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

June 14, 2pm: Community Braiding Workshop*
June 28, 12-6pm: Film Screenings
July 19, 12-6pm: Rent a Booth, invited artist projects

On June 3, 2014, Nontsikelelo Mutiti will begin work on Ruka (To braid/ to knit/ to weave) as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’s public space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.

Over the course of her Session, Mutiti will play the role of the artist, designer, and researcher to a space for the study and practice of hair braiding. While documenting the practice and resulting visual forms, the artist will excavate the language and motifs associated with this method of adornment across traditional and contemporary contexts. From the space, the artist will chart new territory in her artistic research through teaching and learning hair braiding techniques. In partnership with hair braiding professionals as well as members of her own community (of family, friends and colleagues) she will generate and consolidate an archive of materials related to hair braiding salons including archival images, field photography, texts, transcripts of conversations, braiding instructions, combs, and Harlem hair braider business cards. In response to this gathered material, Mutiti will create a new installation of custom floor tiles, video, posters and ephemera using the hair braiding’s formal qualities of repetition and diagramming as a starting point.

The African hair braiding salon, which can be found in cities all over the world, is a marker of diaspora and often an important site for African women living abroad to use their braiding skills to generate income. Spaces in New York City and Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom are a type of facsimile of the salons of Harare, Zimbabwe. When building her own installation, the artist will reference these important social spaces with walls painted in acid green or bright orange, magazine cut outs of celebrities, hair product models, flyers and posters from evangelical churches, not forgetting the ubiquitous small black television set on top of a cabinet playing Nollywood movies. The artist’s redrawing of an African hair braiding Salon will support her study of the technical skill involved, as well as provide a space to document and interpret these processes and forms through video, photography and printmaking.

About the Artist:

Nontsikelelo Mutiti is a Zimbabwean-born artist and educator working across disciplines to produce work that occupies the forms of fine art, design, and social practice. Mutiti received a diploma in multimedia from the Zimbabwe Institute of Digital Arts in 2007 and an MFA with a concentration in graphic design from the Yale School of Art in 2012. Also in 2012, she was a recipient of the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship and a fellow of the Create Change Program with the Laundromat Project in New York City. Her recent exhibitions include T(H)READ, a solo installation at the Edwin Gallery in Hamtramck, Mich., curated by Chido Johnson; “Aural Map Making (125th Street)“ in Remitting Default: Sonic Diagrams for Recess Activities in New York City, curated by Kenya (Robinson); a performative lecture, “A New Work/A Now Work/A Non Work,” at Yale’s Davenport College Art Gallery; and Give and Take: A Currency of Culture, at the Community Folk Art Centre at Syracuse University. She is co-founder of the Zimbabwe Cultural Centre in Detroit which facilitated collaborative projects between astist living and working in Detroit. Michigan and the cities of Harare and Mutare in Zimbabwe. ZCCD mounted an exhibition of these works in sister exhibitions under the title Kumusha (Home). Mutiti is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in the New Media Department at State University of New York, Purchase College.

*RSVP required. Contact info@recessactivities.org to secure a spot.