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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Reception in conjunction with Rose Marcus and Andy Meerow: Café

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?


Three's a Crowd: Recess Benefit 2012

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

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


Dark Nights of the Universe et nox sicut dies illuminabitur

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

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.


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

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

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.


Apply for a Session

Thu Mar 15, 2012 23:59

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