Emma Katz
Since 2010
Works in New York United States of America

Recession Art is an arts organization devoted to helping emerging artists show and sell their work while giving art lovers and collectors of all incomes an opportunity to buy original work at affordable prices. We believe that in spite of hard economic times, artists and art lovers don’t have to put their passions on hold! We aim to break open the traditional gallery model and make showing, buying, and enjoying art more accessible for people who have been hit by the recession. We believe that we can start our own art stimulus plan today!
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Pop Authentic:A Recession Art Show - Call for Submissions

Sun Sep 15, 2013 23:59

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

In the world of the re-Tweet, Pinterest, Instagram, and the Facebook share, appropriation is everywhere. We are constantly branding ourselves, creating and curating our aesthetic and cultural identities. There is an infinitely shareable world of available content, and a constant compulsion to participate in the mass culture conversation by borrowing the symbols and icons of shareable media.

Pop Authentic asks, when appropriation becomes so deeply imbedded in the basic ways in which we communicate through media, what makes the 21st century pop artist stand apart? How has the symbolic language of pop art transformed? Does the artist have more pressure or responsibility to make a unique statement? Is uniqueness desirable or even possible? And how do pop artists contend with the marketability of the images they appropriate?

For this exhibition, the curators will seek artists working in the pop art tradition of appropriation and mass culture re-purposing. Artists should submit work that investigates the contradictions and possibilities of pop art in the 21st century, specifically how pop artists conceive of their identity as artists in a world of appropriation, whether this type of art making can or should create authentic experiences, and how artists come to terms with profiting from the pop aesthetic.

Recession Art is an organization that promotes and connects emerging artists and aspiring collectors, embracing affordability in artwork. Because of this, we will prioritize affordable artwork in our selection process and will only consider a limited number of performance and video works.

Terms and Conditions

Artists are responsible for delivering and installing their work on October 23-24 and for de-installing their work on November 3.

Recession Art takes a 40% commission on all art sold at our shows or through our contacts.

No single work of art can be priced over $1,000.

Our submission fee is $30. 100% of this income goes toward the space rental for Pop Authentic.


In Stillness This Fiction Is Real : Megan Berk

Sat Sep 07, 2013 19:00 - Sun Oct 06, 2013

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

Recession Art presents

In Stillness This Fiction Is Real
Megan Berk Solo Exhibition

Recession Art Gallery, 47 Bergen Street, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

Opening September 7, 6-10 pm
On View Thru October 6
Gallery Hours Th-Sat 1-7 pm, Sun 1-5 pm

In Stillness This Fiction is Real, Megan Berk’s second solo show at Recession Art, includes new paintings, prints and sculptural objects by the artist. Berk draws on personal photographs, movie stills, clippings from home & garden magazines, as well some of her earliest memories to create works that present an imperfect encounter with grace. Berk states, ‘It is very difficult to find a way to talk about the problems with beauty. It seems better to try to present something of beauty and let the problems show themselves. Beauty is complicated, and coming face-to-face with those complications draws us further in, closer to its core.’

The works in the exhibition are related both formally and thematically. The subtly textured, organic surfaces of Berk's layered paintings on panel are echoed in a new series of silkscreen prints, created with the generous support of the Lower East Side Printshop’s Keyholder Residency program. In both, Berk wrestles to capture the tension in the quietest moments in the home and garden. The Almost Nice Domestic Device series, Berk’s first exhibited sculptural work, collapses the artist's investigation of the relationship between nature and architecture down to a playful, tabletop scale.

Megan Berk was born in Los Angeles and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from Pratt Institute and has exhibited her work at Recession Art, Long Island University’s Salena Gallery, Silas Marder Gallery, Bowman/Bloom Gallery, Scope Art Fair and the German House of the German Consulate. Her work has been mentioned in the L Magazine, California Modern, Psychiana and the New York Times.


Color War Opening Reception

Thu Jul 11, 2013 18:00 - Fri Aug 09, 2013

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America


July 11 – August 9 | 47 Bergen Street, Boreum Hill

Opening Reception July 11, 6-10 pm

Featuring Rachel Fagiano, Jeff Goodman, Jana Ireijo, Jiyoun Lee-Lodge, Dave Rittinger, Anna Sörenson, and Lindsey Warren

To lighten and brighten up the festive season of summer, Recession Art presents Color War, a show to celebrate the joy and possibility of color in art. Color War will showcase work in a variety of media, from found-art sculpture to lush painting. Seven participating artists will show work that demonstrates how rich, vivid, and vibrant color can reveal memories, dramatize conflict, heighten unnoticed beauty, and ultimately provide new insights through the use of color.

Many of the artist’s adopt color as a way to articulate intense memories. . Jiyoun Lee-Lodge’s prints portray an abstract landscape where each color substitutes for a piece of sensory information in the artist’s past. Jana Ireijo shows us the world through rose-colored glasses, with pink-washed paintings reminding us of the hope and anxiety in a teenager’s doodles. Simultaneously beautiful and grotesque, Rachel Fagiano’s drawings show battles between faceless people who have exploded into mushroom clouds of neon color, a representation of memories that consume them.

Other artists use color to subvert expectations and point out the humor and contradiction in pop culture. Jeff Goodman’s comic book-inspired drawings use the brash colors of mass-market imagery to play with the viewer’s preconceptions. Bright red and yellow sound balloons explode with a “sigh” instead of a bang. Dave Rittinger’s sculptures and prints use brightly playful objects like neon squirt guns and toy soldiers to touch on larger issues like the normalization of violence.

Finally, some artists use color to dramatize and make visible the beauty of the world around us. Anna Sörenson’s abstract watercolors investigate the ability of art to capture shapes and colors, with beautiful results. In a more representational vein, Lindsey Warren’s paintings of summery scenes use exaggerated colors to draw out the emotions of a sunny day or the golden hour before sunset.


Fluctuations Print Exchange

Fri Jul 19, 2013 23:59

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

Submissions are open for Fluctuations, our first print exchange with a reception taking place on September 27th at 47 Bergen Street.

Deadline July 19th, 11:59 pm

Submissions are now open for the first Recession Art Print Exchange, Fluctuations, curated by Anthony Tino and juried by the Recession Art staff with guest jurors Jon Irving and collaborative printmaker Kyle Simon.

19 artists will be selected to participate in creating original prints in an edition size of 21. Each participant will receive their own, complete portfolio of this exchange and the additional prints will be on view during a reception that will be held on September 27th 2013.

The Recession Art mission offers opportunities to artists as well as collectors. This print exchange is intended to stimulate a conversation between these two practices. Because of this, the theme of our print exchange will be the very idea of exchanging; fluctuations between giving and receiving.

Terms and Conditions

In each artist’s submission, they are required to submit a clear proposal of their print including images (sketches, collages, photos) of the proposed work or images of previous work if necessary.

All prints must conform to the dimensions of 11″ x 14″ (approximately 1/4 of a standard sheet of industry printmaking paper).

All printmaking processes will be considered for this print exchange, though digital prints must also contain one or more hand-pulled elements in the final artwork. We encourage innovative, mixed media approaches to printmaking.

Our print exchange is open to both artists living within the United States and overseas. Portfolios can be sent by mail to each recipient or can be picked up at our location in Brooklyn. Each artist is responsible for the cost of shipping.

We ask that our artists keep our schedule in mind so that our print exchange can be successfully compiled, shown and distributed on time. Below is a schedule to help you in your process.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission : July 19th, 11:59 pm

Prints must be delivered to 47 Bergen St, Brooklyn NY by September 20th, 7:00 pm

Reception at 47 Bergen St: September 27th, 7:00-9:00 pm


"Fact and Fictions in Film" at Recession Art

Fri Jun 07, 2013 19:00 - Fri Jun 07, 2013

New York , New York
United States of America

Tomorrow Recession Art will be holding a video screening entitled "Facts and Fictions in Film". For one night only please come enjoy the work of Sarah Maxfield, Gregg Evans, Jordan Rathus and Joe Gutowski.

In and Out of Uniform, Sarah Maxfield

Originally presented as a live event at the Museum of Arts and Design, In and out of Uniform is an improvisational score by Sarah Maxfield, which investigates the histories contained by the body in uniform. This video version of the piece was created from archival footage of the live performance, edited by Maya Ciarrocchi. Performers interpreting the score in this iteration include Jodi Bender, Laurie Berg, Peggy Cheng, Rebecca Davis, Carolyn Hall, Aaron Mattocks, Tara O’Con, Jessica Ray, Anna Sperber, Jillian Sweeney, Maggie Thom, David Thomson, Arturo Vidich, Emily Wexler, and Enrico D. Wey.

Coye and I, Extended, Gregg Evans

The piece deals with issues of desire within portraiture, taking a fleeting interaction between photographer and subject and extending it to create an experience somewhere between motion and stasis, dominance and submission. Gregg Evans is a photographer based in Chicago, IL. He holds an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and a BFA in Photography from S.U.N.Y. Purchase. He likes My Bloody Valentine, the new Justin Timberlake record, and Italian ices in the summer.

Introduction and Landscape, Jordan Rathus

These short and distinct filmed performances capture Rathus' exploration of the triangulation of self, nature, and camera. These works were created during her 2012 residency at Ox-Bow. Jordan Rathus’ videos navigate the spaces between fact and fiction and humor and drama. By re-contextualizing popular moving image formats such as narrative film and reality television, she explores the complexities of capturing and creating realities in relation to the construction of on-camera identities.

OFFPEAK, Joe Gutowski

Gutwoski's video work is an attempt to uncover the duality of objects that exist in the daily experience of life. The scenes that inspire him are rooted in real world experience. He photographs events and through the process of editing, along with the application of digital software, he explores the alternative reality that best expresses his aesthetical point of view."