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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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EVENT

Volumes for Sound: Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson


Dates:
Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:00 - Sat May 25, 2013

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson

Volumes for Sound

March 26 – May 25, 2013
Middling reception: April 17, 6-8pm
Closing Reception: May 23, 6-8pm

On March 26, Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson will begin work on Volumes for Sound as part of Recess’ signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’ public space as studio, exhibition venue, and grounds for experimentation.

Over the course of their Session, Dubbin and Davidson will create new works influenced by the geometries of sound. Funneling, folding and porting sound requires physical structures. Electric guitar amplifiers and cabinets make use of an imperfect architecture for energy, while acting as totems delineating an ancestry of sound amplification. These forms address archaeoacoustics and the pre-electrical harnessing of sound within architecture, while employing the staggered geometries of loudspeaker time-alignment and the slurred voicing of phase cancellation.

The artists will use photography as a method of recording various conditions. Sound waves reach our ears after traveling along different paths that describe overlapping triangles; a folded, warped and sonified camera-obscura. Cameras render an optical compression of tones akin to a constrained dynamic range in the audible realm. An image’s lack of sound becomes a way of defining the aural.

This Session will continue themes developed in earlier iterations of Volumes for Sound. Earlier works used untreated fiberboard sculptures as objects with potential for sound. These forms descend from familiar objects drawn together in domestic and architectural situations – such as the triangulation that occurs when a listener sits in a chair in front of a pair of speakers. This triangulation is collapsed into objects containing several variations for configuration. Artists were invited to create performances using the volumes. Between events they were left silent and photographs provided evidence of the previous configurations.

The artists will punctuate their Session with informal performances and presentations.

About the artists:

Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson have an ongoing collaborative practice that combines various media. Recent solo shows include exhibitions at Audio Visual Arts (AVA), New York City (2013), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway (2012), and The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (2012). They have exhibited internationally at museums, galleries, and art centers including SculptureCenter, New York; Exit Art, New York; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; 2004 Gwangju Biennale, S. Korea; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Dubbin and Davidson live in Brooklyn, New York.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


EVENT

Seeing Voice The Seven-Tone Color Spectrum


Dates:
Sat Mar 16, 2013 15:00 - Sat Mar 16, 2013

Location:
New York, United States of America

On March 15 & 16, Christine Sun Kim, in collaboration with the Center for Experimental Lectures, will initiate a conversation led by seven presenters, all of whom will give a lecture without using audible voice. This is the final event in Feedback, Sun Kim’s six-part Session at Recess.

Throughout Feedback, Sun Kim, deaf since birth, has performed auditory investigations that initiate a slippage of audio into visual. Using non-vocal methods of dialogue to form collaborative vision with visitors to Recess and a cast of collaborators, the artist has created multiple aural perceptions through the use of bodies in motion, microphones, delay pedals, and more.

For the final iteration of Feedback, Isaac Newton’s alignment of the color wheel and the octave will serve as a point of departure for conversations that do not privilege audible voice. Each of the seven presenters is assigned a particular color/note.

Some presenters will use their assigned color/note as a place to begin research while others will focus on topics in and around individual voice. Each presenter will engage his or her own specific interests and varied backgrounds.

Coming from a variety of disciplines, presenters will offer research-based lectures that critically engage the notion of transmuted, embodied voice. They will employ projected images, laptops, tablets, the physical body, and other communicative tools that do not require their vocal chords.

Visitors are free to come and go as they please.

Presenters: Christine Sun Kim, R. E. H. Gordon, Tom Finkelpearl, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Marc Handelman, Stephen Lichty, R. Lyon, Jesse Prinz, Eugenie Tsai

Image: Newton’s color circle, from Opticks of 1704, showing the colors correlated with musical notes. The spectral colors from red to violet are divided by the notes of the musical scale, starting at D. The circle completes a full octave from D to D. Newton’s circle places red, at one end of the spectrum, next to violet, at the other. This reflects the fact that non-spectral purple colors are observed when red and violet light are mixed. Isaak Newton. Opticks. 1704, from Book I, Part II, Proposition VI, Problem 2. Feb. 21, 2013.


EVENT

Seeing Voice The Seven-Tone Color Spectrum


Dates:
Fri Mar 15, 2013 18:00 - Fri Mar 15, 2013

Location:
New York, United States of America

On March 15 & 16, Christine Sun Kim, in collaboration with the Center for Experimental Lectures, will initiate a conversation led by seven presenters, all of whom will give a lecture without using audible voice. This is the final event in Feedback, Sun Kim’s six-part Session at Recess.

Throughout Feedback, Sun Kim, deaf since birth, has performed auditory investigations that initiate a slippage of audio into visual. Using non-vocal methods of dialogue to form collaborative vision with visitors to Recess and a cast of collaborators, the artist has created multiple aural perceptions through the use of bodies in motion, microphones, delay pedals, and more.

For the final iteration of Feedback, Isaac Newton’s alignment of the color wheel and the octave will serve as a point of departure for conversations that do not privilege audible voice. Each of the seven presenters is assigned a particular color/note.

Some presenters will use their assigned color/note as a place to begin research while others will focus on topics in and around individual voice. Each presenter will engage his or her own specific interests and varied backgrounds.

Coming from a variety of disciplines, presenters will offer research-based lectures that critically engage the notion of transmuted, embodied voice. They will employ projected images, laptops, tablets, the physical body, and other communicative tools that do not require their vocal chords.

Visitors are free to come and go as they please.

Presenters: Christine Sun Kim, R. E. H. Gordon, Tom Finkelpearl, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Marc Handelman, Stephen Lichty, R. Lyon, Jesse Prinz, Eugenie Tsai

Image: Newton’s color circle, from Opticks of 1704, showing the colors correlated with musical notes. The spectral colors from red to violet are divided by the notes of the musical scale, starting at D. The circle completes a full octave from D to D. Newton’s circle places red, at one end of the spectrum, next to violet, at the other. This reflects the fact that non-spectral purple colors are observed when red and violet light are mixed. Isaak Newton. Opticks. 1704, from Book I, Part II, Proposition VI, Problem 2. Feb. 21, 2013.


EVENT

Eyes as Big as Plates: Riitta Ikonen


Dates:
Fri Feb 15, 2013 00:00 - Wed Apr 24, 2013

Location:
Brooklyn , New York
United States of America

February 15 – April 26, 2013
Performance & Reception: March 22, 6-8 pm
Closing Reception: April 24, 6-8pm

On February 15, Riitta Ikonen and her collaborator, Karoline Hjorth, will begin a new chapter in their series Eyes as Big as Plates 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, Ikonen and Hjorth will create costumes, settings, and performance programs for senior residents of New York who show a marked connection to their national and cultural roots. The artists will explore their subjects’ mental landscapes by playing with personifications of nature, while developing a series of photographs and performances.

From Recess’s project room at The Intercourse, Ikonen will create a series of personalized costumes using organic scavenged materials, and developed from interviews and activities with the senior participants. Working with residents from the Hamilton-Madison House – City Hall Senior Center in Manhattan, participants are encouraged to contribute ideas and stories for the photographs and to lend their own personality to Ikonen’s costumes. Hiorth will shoot selected stories in locations around New York, particularly amongst Red Hook’s waterways.

The photographs play with references from American folklore. Each image will present a solitary figure in a landscape, dressed in elements from surroundings that indicate neither time nor place, encouraging a sense of timelessness and universality. This blending of figure and ground recalls the way in which folk narratives animate the natural world through a personification of nature. The slippage of elderly figures into the landscapes suggests a return to the earth, a celebration of lives lived, reinforcing the link between humanity and the natural world.

The Session will culminate in a final performance featuring the resulting costumes, photographs, and artifacts.


OPPORTUNITY

Call for Artists Proposals: Recess 2013-2014


Deadline:
Fri Mar 15, 2013 23:59

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Session invites artists to use one of two flexible spaces in Soho and Red Hook, New York, to realize long-term projects that take advantage of a built-in public audience. Though similar to a residency program, Session goes beyond the traditional structure to provide resources and facilitate interactions between artist and audience throughout the creative process. Sessions last 6-12 weeks. Applications will be used to fill Sessions spring 2013 - summer 2014. To apply please visit Recess's Application Page here recessactivities.org/play/apply.

About Recess
Recess is an artists’ workspace that is open to the public. Recess facilitates every-day interactions between artists and audiences in order to promote the productive space of the working artist as a site of valuable visual and intellectual interaction. Our endeavors promote 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.