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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

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


EVENT

Abigail DeVille: Invisible Men


Dates:
Wed May 30, 2012 12:00 - Sat Jul 28, 2012

Location:
Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

May 30 - July 28, 2012

Reception: Thursday July 5th, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm

Abigail DeVille will begin work on Invisible Men, as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’s public spaceas studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation. For Invisible Men, DeVille will amass bricolage, painting, and sculpture into a selective history of culturally invisible classes of people as a means of reflecting upon the material culture of the present moment.


EVENT

Reception in conjunction with Rose Marcus and Andy Meerow: Café


Dates:
Wed Jun 20, 2012 18:00 - Wed Jun 20, 2012

What is self-portraiture in the expanded-field? A charcoal drawing is one example, but this research will probe more direct and physical forms of self-positioning. The artists will review the supposition that they are working just by correctly moving their bodies around and assess their role as part of a larger body of people helping each other make sense. Together, the creative populace projects bolstered self-images into the void, or the bounty?


EVENT

Three's a Crowd: Recess Benefit 2012


Dates:
Thu May 31, 2012 21:00 - Fri Jun 01, 2012

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Join Recess for a night of celebration, marking three years of ambitious artists projects. Three’s a Crowd will feature a silent auction with extraordinary works from artists who exemplify Recess’s mission to create rigorous artwork for an active public.

Live Auction up now on Paddle8. Preview and bid leading up to the event. http://www.paddle8.com/forgood/recessauction.

Ticket levels range from $75.00 - $500.00, each with extra-special perks. Information on pricing and sponsorship can be found here http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/234036


EVENT

Dark Nights of the Universe et nox sicut dies illuminabitur


Dates:
Thu Apr 26, 2012 14:00 - Sun Apr 29, 2012

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Recess in conjunction with The Public School New York Presents: A four-night theoretical exploration of mysticism in dialogue with Du noir univers, a text by François Laruelle.

Classes will begin at 7pm. Visitors are welcome to join each day or a selection of days. RSVP encouraged.

Recess will house a temporary library of relevant texts, which visitors may browse and annotate freely throughout Recess’s public hours and during the classes. The exhibition will feature visual works by Clodagh Emoe and Aaron Mette, and audio works by Eugene Thacker and Taku Unami.

Night I: Eugene Thacker – Remote: The Forgetting of the WorldClodagh Emoe – Mystical Anarchism. Screening and discussion. Introduced by Simon Critchley.

Night II: Daniel Colucciello Barber – Whylessness: The Universe is Deaf and Blind.

Night III: Nicola Masciandaro – Secret: No Light Has Ever Seen the Black Universe.

Night IV: Alexander Galloway – Rocket: Present at Every Point of the Remote.

To read more, RSVP, download the press release + related reading material visit ::: http://www.recessart.org/activities/5136.