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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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Yve Laris Cohen and Park McArthur: September 27th – December 1st


Dates:
Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:10 - Sat Dec 01, 2012

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

This fall, Yve Laris Cohen and Park McArthur will begin work at 41 Grand Street as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’s public space as a studio, exhibition venue, or grounds for experimentation. For their Session entitled September 27th – December 1st, Laris Cohen and McArthur will use Recess as a space to work on individual and collaborative projects concerning the politics of inclusion, the inconclusive boundaries of subjectivity, and the aesthetics of care. Their efforts will consider the pressure that bodies barred from or refusing correction apply to the rehabilitative turn in contemporary art, as well as the generative consequences of delay in times of insistent, unrelenting presentness.

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.


EVENT

Molly Dilworth: Date the Time


Dates:
Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:00 - Fri Oct 12, 2012

Reception: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 6 - 8 pm.

On August 17, 2012 Molly Dilworth will begin work on Date the Time, 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 Date the Time, Dilworth will create a series of banners and flags, bearing patterns generated from user-submitted photos. Addressing digital content using traditional folk art techniques, Dilworth will distill issues of labor and consumer rights from unexpected sources. Join us Thursday September 20th, 2012, for a reception marking the first half of Dilworth's Session at Recess.

About the Artist:
Molly Dilworth is a Brooklyn-based artist who views creative practice as a form of research. Using data from a specific site as a structure, she gives form to things that invisibly motivate our actions. From rooftops to the Pedestrian plazas of Times Square, Dilworth has created outdoor site-specific paintings in New York City and exhibited across the United States. She has been a resident artist at the Salina Art Center in Kansas and in the Art & Law Program with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in NYC. Her work will be included in Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good in the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale.


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.