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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

Closing Reception: Laura Vitale's White Sands


Dates:
Thu Sep 13, 2012 18:00 - Thu Sep 13, 2012

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Over the course of her Session, Laura Vitale tested the audio-visual properties and material behaviors of gypsum plaster. The reception will feature new sculpture, sound work, and video created over the last two months as well as live audio experiments.


EVENT

Get in the Recording Booth for Laura Vitale's White Sands


Dates:
Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:00 - Sat Sep 15, 2012

Recess invites you to listen and contribute to Laura Vitale's ongoing sonic explorations with gypsum plaster. As part of her Session at Recess, Vitale built a storefront listening and recording booth for visitors to record their descriptions, imitations, and responses to the voices released by submerged plaster. Booth hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 12-6 pm

Walk-ins welcome, appointments encouraged. Appointments on the hour and the half hour. Emailinfo@recessactivities.org to make an appointment.


EVENT

Closing Reception for Abigail DeVille's Invisible Men


Dates:
Thu Aug 09, 2012 18:00 - Thu Aug 09, 2012

During her time at Recess in Red Hook, Abigail DeVille has excavated the psychic terrains of urban spaces, inscribing the invisible remains of history. Join us for a reception marking the closing of her project.


EVENT

Laura Vitale: White Sands


Dates:
Wed Jul 11, 2012 14:00 - Sat Sep 15, 2012

Location:
New York, United States of America

Laura Vitale: White Sands

Reception: Thursday July 19th, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm
Closing Reception: Thursday September 13, 2012 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Thursday, July 19th join us for a reception marking the beginning of Laura Vitale's Session at Recess. Over the course of White Sands, Vitale will transform Recess into a research laboratory for testing the audio-visual properties of gypsum plaster.

About the Artist:
Laura Vitale’s work orients around sound, also utilizing video, drawing, photography, sculpture, and performance. She graduated with an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2012, and holds a BA in Visual Art from Brown University, 2007. She has made commissioned installations and performances for WNYC and Issue Project Room, been a Van Lier Fellow at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, and received a New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant. In fall of 2012, she will perform a New Programming Commission for Triple Canopy. In 2009, Vitale co-founded We Are Your Friends, a community choral group that celebrates the untrained voice.

For image requests or more information contact info@recessactivities.org.

With special thanks to Bryan Chang, Ian Gamble, Paul Geluso, and Anika Schwarzwald for their expertise, and to Harvestworks for their generosity.


EVENT

Remitting Default: Sonic Diagrams – Kenya (Robinson)


Dates:
Fri Jul 06, 2012 18:00 - Fri Jul 06, 2012

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

On July 6, 2012, Kenya (Robinson) will report back from the midway point of her time spent as the inaugural artist in Recess’s online residency program, Analog. Over the past year, the artist developed Remitting Default: A Psycho-economic Performance of Getting Skooled. This project records her experience as a black MFA student at Yale University while struggling to maintain her personal finances and secure fiscal support. Rendering her private education public, (Robinson) posted a daily record of the available balance in her personal checking account, This information is fully accessible at recessanalog.org.

To mark the midpoint of this durational performance of the mundane, on July 6th, (Robinson) will again transcend privatized aspects of culture and language in an attempt to present her own “personal fiscal rhythm,”1, She invited five artists to translate her year’s worth of numerical data into sound. These collaborators will present audio material that references the dichotomies of vulnerability and empowerment, digital and analog.

1. Kenya (Robinson), June 13 2012
As performed by: Kevin Beasley, Christine Sun Kim, Eric Mack, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Kenya (Robinson), Tim Wilson