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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Call for Artists Proposals: Recess 2013-2014

Fri Mar 15, 2013 23:59

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.


We Buy White Albums: Rutherford Chang

Mon Jan 07, 2013 00:00 - Sat Mar 09, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

Middling Reception: February 7, 6-8pm
Closing Reception: March 7, 6-9pm
On January 7, 2013, Rutherford Chang began work on We Buy White Albums, as part of Recess’ signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’ public space as studio, exhibition venue, and grounds for experimentation. Pursuing an interest in exhaustive cataloguing, Chang has collected over 650 first-pressings of the Beatles’ White Album. He considers the serialized first-press, an edition running in excess of 3 million, to be the ultimate collector’s item, and aims to amass as many copies as possible. Over the course of his Session, Chang will create an archive, listening library, and anti-store to house and grow his collection of the Beatles’ iconic record.

Chang will create a record store that stocks only White Albums. But rather than selling the albums, he will buy more from anyone willing to part with an original pressing in any condition.

Visitors will be invited to browse the collection and listen to the records. The artist will digitally record every album played during the Session period, as well as document each gatefold cover and disc label. At the end of the Session, Chang will press a new double-LP made of the accumulated recordings and images layered upon each other.

The album covers are weathered, often with marks or writing from previous owners, and the vinyl discs are usually scratched or warped. The character of each copy, distinctly shaped by its history, is told through the physicality of the media. This phenomenon, at the cusp of extinction due to digital technologies, is made apparent by the identical yet unique multiples that comprise Chang’s collection.

About the Artist:

Rutherford Chang was born in Houston and currently lives and works in New York and Shanghai. He received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2002. His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including White Space in Beijing, Brown Gallery in London, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.

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


Here She Comes: Julia Sherman

Sat Dec 08, 2012 00:00 - Fri Dec 21, 2012

New York, United States of America

Here She Comes: Julia Sherman

December 8 – 21, 2012

Reception: December 13, 7-9 pm

“We could certainly use another protest, if I could think of one I would do it. I hope somebody does”
–Carol Hanisch, 2010 feminist activist reflecting on her 1960s activism

Dear Debra,
I am sorry if somehow my last email conveyed a lack of respect for you or The Miss America Pageant. In all my conversations about this project, I describe you as an articulate woman who was resourceful enough to seek out funding for her education so she might go on to become a musician and educator.
-Julia Sherman, 2012

Recess is pleased to present Here She Comes, a collection of Sherman’s research in the form of photographs, videos, drawings performance, and remnants. These artifacts and new works resurface and continue conversations that began at the 1968 Miss America Beauty Pageant and the Women’s Liberation intervention that occurred during the ceremony.

Sherman’s primary sources become raw material for inciting contemporary reflection on a shared history. Here, the events surrounding the 1968 Miss America Pageant are abstracted and collaged, misinterpreted and re-imagined. These composite gestures ask the viewer to consider how this historicized, yet little known, narrative of the Women’s Liberation Movement, and the history of the pageant, continue to be relevant as we look to define contemporary forms of resistance and appropriation.

Sherman initiated conversations with several 1968 Miss America candidates, collecting details about their talent show performances, personal recollections of the event, as well as their contemporary views on beauty pageants and the 1968 intervention. Her findings blurred a seemingly distinct social picket line, complicating notions of The Beauty Queen and The Activist alike.

In addition to tracking several 1968 participants, Sherman researched spin­off pageants that formed in response to the iconic Miss America pageant, including Miss Akademia (Czech Pageant), Miss America (a drag pageant that was later sued for using that name), Miss Indian America, and Miss Black America (started in 1968 and still in production today).

Julia Sherman employs unwieldy and untraditional research methods, feminist theory, and her own personal anxieties to create a view of the contemporary and historicized beauty queen through the soft focus of forgotten resistance.

About the Artists:

Sherman is currently based in Brooklyn. She is the founder of the artist-run Los Angeles gallery Workspace, and a recent graduate of Columbia University, M.F.A. program with a concentration in New Genres. She is a contributing artist/writer to Triple Canopy, White Zinfandel, Cabinet Magazine and The Highlights art journal. Her work will be featured in In Practice on view at Sculpture Center in January 2013.

Image: Farewell Miss America, C-Print, 2012

For more information contact info@recessactivities.org


Holistic Approach: Alina Tenser - Oct 22 - Jan 18, 2013

Mon Oct 22, 2012 18:00 - Fri Jan 18, 2013

Reception: January 17, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

On October 22, 2012 Alina Tenser will begin work on Holistic Approach, 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. For Holistic Approach, Tenser will create a series of sculptures, images and videos that begin with her body and extend into new, related forms.

Tenser proposes that the artist’s body—the agent effecting material— is an inner body that is figureless, empathetic and malleable; it is a body-blob. By extension, the contact point, where hands meet resistance, is the agent that defines material form while simultaneously delimiting the form of the artist.

Constructing space around her self, without preconceived notions of structure, Tenser will build up moments of contact, amassing blind details that will support each other. This tableau will be an ongoing site for performance throughout the duration of its making. As a result, object, body, and image will continually inform one another, compromising, shifting and redefining fragmented limbs of a larger figure.

Holistic Approach will attempt to present the artists’ understanding of her body’s relationship to her artwork. The immersive environment of interdependent forms, will consider how fragmentation and autonomy not only reveal the whole but also bring an intimate understanding of what it is like to be whole.

About the Artist:
Alina Tenser is a Ukrainian born sculptor and video artist currently living and working in Brooklyn. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where she has taught as Adjunct Faculty and served as Director of Summer Studio Program. This year she was awarded the Dedalus MFA Fellowship from the Robert Motherwell Foundation.

For more information contact info@recessactivities.org.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


C8November 29th / T11November 30th

Thu Nov 29, 2012 19:00 - Thu Nov 29, 2012

New York, United States of America

Performances from Session Artists
Yve Laris Cohen and Park McArthur

C8November 29th
Thursday, November 29th at 9pm sharp

T11November 30th
Friday, November 30th at 9pm sharp

Artists Yve Laris Cohen and Park McArthur will conclude their Session with two performances this week. Both performances are sold out, but a handful of seats and some standing room will be available on both nights on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free, but be sure to arrive early. No one will be admitted after 9pm.

About the Artist:
Most recently, Park McArthur attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012 and the Whitney Independent Study Program from 2010 – 2012. Her work Epistle was performed at the ICA in Philadelphia; her writing will be included in The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics’s forthcoming issue on vulnerability. She graduated with a BA from Davidson College and an MFA from the University of Miami.

Yve Laris Cohen’s work has been performed and exhibited at locations including SculptureCenter, Dance Theater Workshop, Abrons Arts Center, Danspace Project, Thomas Erben Gallery, ICA Philadelphia, and Movement Research at the Judson Church. Laris Cohen was a 2010-2012 Movement Research Artist in Residence, and received the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Visual Art Grant Award in 2011. He graduated with a BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 and an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2011.