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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

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.


EVENT

Me and Everyone That is With Me: Dan Herschlein, Graham Hamilton, and Alex Casso


Dates:
Fri Mar 30, 2012 18:00 - Fri Mar 30, 2012

Location:
New York , United States of America

In collaboration with: The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Regent Family Residence

March 22 - April 11, 2012
Reception: March 30th, 6-8pm

Employing Fluxus-inspired prompts, artists Alex Casso, Graham Hamilton, and Dan Herschlein, along with children from the Regent Family Residence, used the classroom and the Whitney’s galleries to investigate the overlap of play and performance. After sessions with the children, the artists began translating their findings into an immersive installation with multiple live video feeds and simultaneous projections.

From March 22 – April 11, the artists will translate their findings in the form of an immersive installation at Recess. Statements, sketches and actions generated through collaborations with the children will become sets for improvised and prescribed actions. Using multiple live video feeds and simultaneous projections, visitors to Recess will take on the role of performer as their presence is enmeshed within these sets and replayed throughout the space. Placing the viewer in these mirrored stages, the artists will replicate the performative play generated by the children.

Watch The Day We Met, a video created by the artists as part of the project.
http://vimeo.com/38184836


OPPORTUNITY

Apply for a Session


Deadline:
Thu Mar 15, 2012 23:59

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Recess is now accepting applications for Session, our signature program.

Applications are due March 15, 2011. Please Read All Application Guidelines Before Submitting Any Materials For Consideration. Applications will be used to fill residencies beginning September 2012 for SoHo, Manhattan and summer 2012 (exact time TBD) for Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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 interactions. 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.

Recess is free and open to the public, and we encourage artists to engage with their audience in a manner specific to their creative goals, using Recess as a studio, exhibition space, stage, and/or experimental platform. Session artists have access to their space for the full duration of their residency (typically 2-3 months) and are expected to work on a daily basis or the equivalent of at least twenty hours per week. Session artists receive a small honorarium and a stipend based on the material needs of the residency. In conversation with Recess staff, artists designate their own work hours and the degree to which they coincide with public hours.

Recess is currently operating out of two spaces: one in SoHo, Manhattan and the other in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Applicants can indicate if they have a preference between the spaces.

Recess residents will be selected based on the conceptual rigor and artistic quality of their proposal and their ability to work productively within the program. Successful applicants will articulate a particular need to work in a manner that expands beyond traditional studio method and gallery exhibition.

In an effort to decentralize visual authority while maintaining a level of critical cogency a panel consisting of former Recess artists in residence, leaders from the contemporary arts community, and arts practitioners with programming experience will review Recess’s applications.

Artists must submit an application form (available to download on our website), CV, artists statement, project proposal, proposed budget, work samples, and a work description list.

Complete guidelines can be found on our website.
Website: http://www.recessart.org/play/apply


EVENT

Middling Reception for John Miserendino: Pavilion


Dates:
Fri Feb 17, 2012 18:00 - Fri Feb 17, 2012

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

On January 10th, John Miserendino began work on his project, Pavilion, as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use its public space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.

February 17, from 6 to 8 pm, Recess will host a reception marking the middle of Miserendino's residency. The residency will continue through March 10th, 2012.

For Pavilion, Miserendino will reinterpret Dan Graham’s original plans for his architectural structures. The artist, who sees himself as a collaborator with Graham and other prominent players—who may remain unaware of the joint venture—will stage a series of three reenactments inside his Pavilion to translate existing artworks into personal terms.


EVENT

The Four Chambered Heart


Dates:
Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:00 - Tue Nov 22, 2011

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

The Four Chambered Heart
Institute for Research, Understanding and Documentation of Social and Cultural Influence on Love and Relationships
A solo presentation from Leila Hekmat
On November 8, 2011, Leila Hekmat will begin seven weeks of work at
Recess as part of its signature program, Session. Session invites
artists to use its storefront space as studio, exhibition venue and
grounds for experimentation. Over the course of The Four Chambered Heart: Institute for Research, Understanding and Documentation of Love and Relationships,
Hekmat will fuse the therapist’s office, researcher center, and
performance set. Untrained and unlicensed as a counselor, Hekmat will
offer the public complimentary love advice while documenting society’s
influence on how we define our sexual selves and romantic relationships.
Within her visually rich, curated set as medical facility, Hekmat will
generate a series of videos as well as written and photographic
documentation. Costumes and props will be on hand to aid in role-playing
and visitor anonymity. In this laboratory where private love lives are
on view for public consumption, the artist will probe modes of
self-representation and honesty while charting the ubiquitous
performance we engage in on a daily basis.