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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In Search of Longitude: David Horvitz; In Search of a Longitude: Penelope Umbrico

Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:00 - Sat Aug 10, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

For In Search of a Longitude David Horvitz will use Recess's Soho space to explore notions of standardized time, synchronicity and particularities of place through a series of projects, presentations, performances and experiments.

Middling Reception: July 18, 6-Sunset
Closing Reception: August 8, 6-Sunset


Citizen Bridge: Nancy Nowacek

Fri May 10, 2013 00:00 - Sat Jul 27, 2013

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

May 10- July 30, 2013
Middling Reception: June 22, 4-6pm
Closing Reception: July 27, 4-6pm

On May 10th Nancy Nowacek will begin a new chapter in her project Citizen Bridge 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, Nowacek will design, create and test a series of prototypes for an eventual footbridge that crosses the Upper New York Bay waterway between Red Hook, Brooklyn and Governor’s Island.

The bridge will cross the waterway known as Buttermilk Channel. Now one of New York’s major shipping channels, this waterway was once accessible to dairy farmers and their livestock during low tide. A love song to Brooklyn’s waterfront, Nowecek’s work seeks to restore this pathway. Citizen Bridge pays tribute to the city’s past and draws connections to the lives of contemporary Brooklynites. The bridge aspires to reclaim the waterfront and empower New Yorkers, offering them the opportunity to step from solid ground onto water.

Since Hurricane Sandy this symbolic act of waterfront reclamation has gained a new urgency. As Nowacek investigates the physical properties of her prototype, she will also navigate the opaque realm of city planning and government agencies. The bureaucratic web through which Nowacek has guided the project over the past year will not only play a practical role in the project’s approval but will serve as conceptual fodder in considering access to urban space.

At stages throughout her Session, Nowacek will ceremoniously transport her prototypes from the Recess project room to the Red Hook waterfront in order to test the bridge. Through these projects and experiments, Nowacek will produce a fully realized design by the end of her Session.

About the Artist:

Nancy Nowacek’s work is rooted in the ecology of the everyday: the processes, codes, values, and habits of life. Her practice is focused on the uses of the body as relates to work, architecture and the practice of space. She has shown in New York, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Canada and Europe. Nancy has an MFA in Social Practice from California College of Arts and is certified in personal training by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She lives in Brooklyn.


Four More Years:Recess Benefit 2013

Tue May 28, 2013 21:00 - Wed May 29, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

Join us in an exciting night of celebration as we toast to four years of ambitious artists projects and exciting collaborations in a night of music, artist performances, installations, cocktails, and auction. Tickets available here. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/360871

Auction featuring these artists and experiences:
Ellie Ga, Vivienne Griffin, Marc Handelman, Corin Hewitt, Jon Kessler, Daniel Lefcourt, Kalup Linzy, Arthur Ou, Danica Phelps, Mika Tajima, Saya Woolfalk, a private tour of MoMA with up to 8 of your friends, and a tour of Acconci Studios lead by Vito Acconci with up to 8 of your friends. Register and bid here.

MC for the evening:

Tom Blunt

Music from:
DJ AJ Slim, DJ Marty McSorley and TECLA

Installations and Performances by:
Elia Alba, Zach Gage, John Miserendino, and Jacolby Satterwhite

Limited Edition print by:
David Horvitz, printed on the occasion of Four More Years

Benefit Committee:
Elia Alba, Ashley Bush, Brennan & Griffin, Bureau, Amanda Fox, Whitney Fox, Gabrielle Giattino, Laurel Gitlen, Laurel Gitlen Gallery, James Griffin, April Hunt, Charles Jaskel, Diana Kamin, Adam Katz, Evan A. Layne, Hannah Lifson, Mitchell Innes & Nash, Stina Puotinen, Jess Shaefer, Sonya Shrier, Jay Meredith Stein, and Nicole Russo

Thank you to our sponsors:
Art Haps, Brand X Editions, Chatham Imports, Crop Organic Vodka, Duvel, Farmer’s Botanical Organic Gin, Georgetown Cupcake, Great Performances, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Michter’s Whiskey, Modern Painters, Ovenly, Ozwelll Cabernet, Paddle8, Paperless Post, Santa Marina Pinot Grigio and printing by UPrinting


Volumes for Sound: Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson

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

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.


Seeing Voice The Seven-Tone Color Spectrum

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

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.