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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Institute for New Feeling: Seek

Thu Apr 30, 2015 00:00 - Thu Jun 25, 2015

New York, New York
United States of America

Artist Talk: May 14, 6-8pm
Felt Book Event: June 25, 6-8pm

On April 30, Institute for New Feeling will begin work on Seek, 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 their Session, IfNf will create an installation that offers individuals a clairvoyant reading generated by the misuse of online search engines. For each intimate one-on-one session, a specialist will lead a participant through a series of assessments in order to compile his or her personal video file. This precognitive visualizer will be viewable and also available for purchase in the gallery. Over the course of the month, Recess will exhibit this growing archive of anonymous futures.

Visitors to Recess are invited to meet with a consultant who will guide him or her through a series of simple evaluations, which are called “sensors.” For example, one sensor is a series of questions that are fed into a Google search string to generate prophetic and enigmatic insights. Another sensor introduces a scan of the participant’s body into a Google image search to create a guiding stone orbiting in the visualizer’s field of view…

For centuries, people have been fascinated with devices and strategies that profess to reveal insights about themselves or their future. With seek, IfNf will provide a new type of psychic/medical reading that utilizes the Internet as a source of chance operations. Manifesting a kind of collaged Google oracle, this experience utilizes a spectrum of assessment and divination techniques designed to answer the unanswerable.

To schedule an a session with IfNf please visit institutefornewfeeling.com/seek

About the Artists:
The Institute for New Feeling is a research clinic committed to the development of new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new. We offer a rotating menu of wellness treatments, therapies retreats and products. Founded by Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt, and Nina Sarnelle.


Session: False Alphabets

Thu Mar 19, 2015 02:00 - Sat Apr 25, 2015

New York , New York
United States of America

Sara Magenheimer: False Alphabets

In Session: March 19 – April 25, 2015

Film Screenings: March 26, 6-8pm
Free Paint performs: April 3, 6-8pm
Film Screenings: April 9, 6-8pm
Eleanor Friedberger performs: April 18, 6-8pm

On March 19, Sara Magenheimer will begin work on False Alphabets, 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, Magenheimer will construct sculptural sets composed of photographs, objects, and film equipment that will become the backdrop for a new video. The script for the video, written by Magenheimer, continues the artist’s interest in voice, and employs cinematic tropes that conflate embodied language and location.

The script will evoke the role of “The Radio DJ” epitomized by characters like Mister Señor Love Daddy in Do The Right Thing and DJ Stevie Wayne in The Fog. These figures act as the omnipotent narrators of their films as well as create diegetic soundtracks to their cinematic worlds. Simultaneously addressing the movie going audience, the other characters, and their communities, their music is embodied rather than a superficial add-on for the viewer’s emotional manipulation.

Collaborating artists Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Free Paint (Magenheimer and Saunier) and more will perform the music for and act as narrators in this video. Performers will make mixes that involve narration and music. These mixes will function as a soundtrack for the video. Recess audience may stream these mixes online and will be invited to participate as “the listening public” on open-set days of filming.

The video and performances explore the limit of the necessary, functional dislocation between speech and physical body, attempting to bring language back to the body through techniques drawn from punk/Dada humor, absurdity, music and participation. Films featuring radio DJs will be screened throughout False Alphabets.

About the Artist:

Sara Magenheimer is an artist based in New York City. Recent exhibitions include Interstate Projects, 247365 Gallery, Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, Chapter NY, and Document, Chicago. Recent screenings include The Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI; Images Festival, Toronto; The New York Film Festival, The Kitchen, New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music; MOMA, Portland, OR; The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; and Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2012 she has performed at Recess, MOMA P.S.1, Issue Project Room, Canada Gallery, and the Performa 13 Biennial. Her collaborative project, Bloopers, received commissions from Triple Canopy and EMPAC, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She was the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant.

This program is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.


Rethinking Residencies reflects on organizational practice

Tue Mar 17, 2015 18:30 - Tue Mar 17, 2015

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

On March 17th, Rethinking Residencies, a newly initiated working group of eleven New York-based artist residency programs, will present its first public event at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP). Moderated by Martha Wilson, this panel discussion includes Kari Conte, Maia Murphy, Laurel Ptak, and Nicholas Weist.

Panelists will pose significant questions on issues of cultural production and organizational practice as they relate to residency programs. How can modes of collaboration in residency programs adapt to the changing needs of artists, curators and institutions? How do broader political and economic realities impact artist residency programs today? What effect has the changing cultural climate of New York City had on the lives and practice of artists? How can organizations balance growth with sustainability? Pragmatically and programmatically, what are the ramifications or alternatives to expanding? What is the strangest residency program out there?

Rethinking Residencies

Rethinking Residencies is a working group of New York-based artist residency programs. Initiated in March 2014, its members share knowledge and resources, while cultivating critical thinking and discourse about residencies.

Collaborating organizations represent a wide range of models, scales and approaches and include Eyebeam, Fire Island Artist Residency, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), The Laundromat Project, Queens Museum, Recess, the Shandaken Project, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, EFA Project Space’s SHIFT Residency, and Triangle Arts Association.

Upcoming Rethinking Residencies programs include a New York City residency mixer at the Queens Museum in May 2015 and a major conference on residencies during the summer of 2016.

Participant Biographies

Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist who during the past four decades has created innovative photographic and performance works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing and “invasions” of other people’s personae. In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space in New York that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artists’ books, installation and performance art, video and art online.

Kari Conte is a New York-based curator and writer. Since 2010, she has been the Director of Programs and Exhibitions at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), where she leads residencies, exhibitions, and public programs.

Maia Murphy is a curator and writer based in New York. She is currently the Program Director for Recess, a nonprofit artist workspace that is open to the public. At once a studio and exhibition space, Recess presents projects that embrace experimentation and focus on process.

Laurel Ptak is an artist, curator and educator known for creating discursive platforms that allow for dialogue and critical engagement. Named one of 100 Leading Global Thinkers in 2014 by Foreign Policy, she currently teaches at The New School and serves as Executive Director of Triangle Arts Association, a 33-year-old artist-founded residency program within an international network of arts organizations around the world.

Nicholas Weist is the founding director of the Shandaken Project, which offers a process-focused residency program now produced in collaboration with Storm King Art Center. Weist has organized presentations by artists internationally, and writes about art and culture for Frieze, Art in America, Interview, Document Journal, and many others.

Photo courtesy of Nung-Hsin Hu (Queens Museum).


Session at Recess

Sat Mar 14, 2015 23:59

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.


Jessica Segall: 1/2 a cord

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

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