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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Perpetual Recombination - Ian Trask Solo Exhibition

Sat Nov 17, 2012 06:00 - Sun Dec 16, 2012

New York, New York
United States of America

Recession Art at culturefix
9 Clinton Street, New York

OPENING, Saturday, November 17, 6–10pm
On view thru December 16, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 2–8pm

In Perpetual Recombination, Recession Art’s featured artist Ian Trask presents a collection of sculptures that visualize an evolved interplay between concept, material and technique. The show’s title refers to the exchange of material between chromosomes during meiosis (cell division) and the resulting recombination of maternal and paternal DNA, a process that perpetuates genetic diversity of species and biodiversity of ecosystems. By analogy, this body of work represents nearly a decade of creative evolution. The combinatorial potential between the materials Trask collects and the processes he applies over time generate an elaborate diversity of forms all descended from a fundamental intuitive origin.

Trask’s sculptures transform materials of waste and commercial byproduct into refined aesthetic objects. He works with media as various as yarn, cardboard, plastic packaging, linen scraps, elastic webbing, wood molding, electrical wire and pornographic magazine clippings. In each case, an overlooked source of value is revealed in something wasted. While energies of sustainability and environmental activism are alive in Trask’s work, he comments, “It’s not about telling people what to do with their trash. It’s about allowing people to get lost in their own curiosity.” In many of these sculptures, the viewer will find a playful, sometimes mischievous invitation. Texture and tangibility are essential to the experience of these objects, and by provoking the impulse to explore, each piece rouses in the beholder the same spirit of curiosity, experimentation and play that occasioned their creation.

Ian Trask began sculpting with stolen forks at Bowdoin College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2005. He has since lived in Boston, central Massachusetts, Salt Lake City and New York. He has worked as a genetic researcher, a janitor, a gallery framer and now as a welder, all experiences which have deeply influenced his practice. In addition to participating in the Recession Art group shows No Money No Problems (2009) and Works Progress (2010), his sculpture has been exhibited throughout the Northeast and at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee. He was the inaugural resident at The Invisible Dog art space in Brooklyn, NY and a Winter 2012 resident at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY.

Recession Art is an arts organization that connects emerging artists with aspiring collectors and provides an affordable and accessible alternative to the traditional art market. Visit Recession Art at our affordable art store, RAC on 9 Clinton Street between Houston and Stanton streets, accessible from the 2nd Avenue F Station and Essex Street J/M/Z trains. To learn more visit RecessionArtShows.com or email info@recessionartshows.com.

Image: Ian Trask, #hurricaneirene, 2011, elastic on board, 27” x 22”
Text by Brandon Kaplan


Submit to Prolonged Exposure

Wed Aug 01, 2012 23:59

Artie Vierkant, Exposure Adjustment on a Sunset (stills), 2009

Submissions are now open for Prolonged Exposure curated by Kaegan Sparks.

Deadline Wednesday August 1, 11:59pm

VISIT http://recessionartshows.com/submit/ TO SUBMIT

Selections will be conducted by the Recession Art Jury led by Guest Curator Kaegan Sparks and Art Director Ani Katz. Prolonged Exposure will be held November 3-10 at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn. Accepting Work in All Media Including Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Performance, Installation, and Video.

About Prolonged Exposure

“I will not make any more boring art.”
–John Baldessari

Prolonged Exposure will ask how we can remain curious and speculative in a culture of desensitizing barrage and static. The exhibition will concentrate on artworks that plumb boredom’s latent energy, provoking a restlessness which precipitates a desire for change.

In scholar Sianne Ngai’s investigation of minor affects or ‘ugly feelings’– diffusive, non-cathartic states like irritation, paranoia, anxiety, or envy which seem increasingly endemic to contemporary culture and aesthetics– she posits a surprising parallel between shock and boredom. Though antithetical in intensity and duration (shock is immediate and staggering, while boredom is tedious and numbing), both emotions induce states of suspended agency: “both are responses that confront us with the limitations of our capacity for responding in general.”

Likewise, our precarious political moment routinely produces both spectacle and detachment. While the U.S. military’s “shock and awe” maneuvers have exploited the disarming effect of the sublime to expedite violence, representations of such atrocities also have paralyzing power. Through recapitulation and gloss, the mediated registers via which the American or global public relates to distant warfare (or even more proximate disasters) can evoke ennui. Prolonged exposure is liable to dilute a bewildering event, resigning outrage to torpor.

Works for Prolonged Exposure may engage durational, automatic, repetitive, or tedious strategies, or seek to distract a viewer from object to ambience. They may employ exhaustive formal processes (lists, serial marks, obsessive indices) or excessive collecting functions which fatigue or frustrate attempts to parse or absorb. They may defuse trenchant source materials or deploy simulacral repetition to simultaneously jade and distress. They may be overwhelmingly monotonous, removed, spatially or temporally boundless, or reflect an inordinate amount of routine labor. They may feature bland or unremarkable landscapes that lack a commanding subject, have a presence so mundane or subtle as to be overlooked altogether (as wallpaper or Erik Satie’s furniture music), or implement ‘uncreative’ or appropriative techniques and absurdum.

Rejecting stultification for an enabling state of openness or receptivity, such practices will galvanize idleness born of surfeit or repetition, seeking to overhaul viewers’ sensory and interpretive habits and engender new modes of attention. As John Cage intoned: “If they say something is boring after two minutes, try it for four…”

Visual artists who are accepted to a Recession Art Show receive a one-week exhibition at the Invisible Dog in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Video and performance artists who are accepted will negotiate directly with staff to plan a screening or performance schedule based on their needs. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, August 1st. Artists will be notified of acceptance by August 31st. Please contact info@recessionartshows.com with any questions.


Recession Art presents Everything is Index, Nothing is History

Sat Jun 02, 2012 18:00 - Sun Jun 17, 2012

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

On Saturday June 2, Recession Art opens

Everything is Index, Nothing is History
at the Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street Brooklyn
Curated by Melanie Kress and Natalie Bell

Opening June 2, 6-10 pm
On view June 2–17, 2012
Wednesday–Sunday, 2–8 pm

Everything is Index, Nothing is History explores a world chronicled by gestures and physical traces that establish a factual connection to the world independent of cultural codes. Nearly a century and a half ago, philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce defined index as a sign that is caused by that which it refers to. A footprint, a scar, the smoke of a fire—all are signs that simultaneously demonstrate what they signify. An index may attest to the immediate truth of a substance or physical state, as fever announces illness; or it may depict the truth of time, like the sun dial’s reading of a minute and the dust pile’s accumulative presence. As our relationship to history and the present change in an expanding field of information, Everything is Index, Nothing is History presents works that point to physical realities and trace purported histories through archives, found objects, photographs, material states, and physical actions.

Curated by Melanie Kress and Natalie Bell, Everything is Index, Nothing is History features work by Kate Bonner, Eric Carlson, J and James Carpenter, Courtney Chappell, Sarah Crofts, Lizzy De Vita, Shannon Finnegan, Ben Garthus, Max Glaser, Sam Keller, Yujin Lee, Antoine Lefebvre, Hudson Lines, Saul Melman, Peter Neu, Leah Raintree, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Jordan Rathus, and Nancy Woods. Everything is Index, Nothing is History features the following events, which are free and open to the public.

The League of Darters' B.Y.O. Darts Workshop: Wednesday, June 6, 7–9 pm
$10/person includes refreshments and dart-making supplies. RSVP required; maxiumum 15 participants.
Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/247617
The League of Darters is an evolving installation that includes crafting darts with artist Ben Garthus. Participants are encouraged to bring their own scissors and needle-nosed pliers.

8 Hours of Work | A Performance by Shannon Finnegan
Saturday, June 9, Performance 11 am–7 pm, Reception 6–8 pm
Shannon Finnegan addresses ideas of productivity by pursuing the same action at length. For this performance, she will write for 8 hours, “I should be working more,” and “I should be working less.” The work’s ephemera will be included in Landfill Quarterly, a project that studies social art works through the material surplus they generate.

Film Night: …Then Again, Maybe Not: Thursday, June 14, 7:30–9 pm
Join us for an evening of short films and performances, curated by Melanie Kress and Natalie Bell, featuring a group of artists whose works delve into the themes of Everything Is Index, Nothing Is History. The program will include Peter Fankhauser, Nate Flagg, Theresa Himmer, Jordan Rathus, and others.

The League of Darters’ Pin-The-Tail-On-The-Invisible-Dog: Saturday, June 16, 3–5 pm
The League of Darters is an evolving installation that is accompanied by a series of activities and games that aim at symbolically claiming both interior and exterior spaces within the building and throughout the city, all while leaving a trace of the territory that has been claimed. Return with your darts from the BYO Darts Workshop or borrow some of ours to play.

Melanie Kress is a New York-based independent curator . She is the curator of RAC, Recession Art's Manhattan gallery and store, as well as the Development/Communications Assistant at the American Federation of Arts. Her curatorial work includes: the POTLUCK series at Art in General (2007-2009); the French-American collaboration DIALOGUES with programs at Artists Space, New York and Bétonsalon, Paris (2009); and the exhibition and publication i am not a good enough feminist (2011). In 2009 she was the recipient of a Curatorial Fellowship at Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, and in 2010 founded the project space Concrete Utopia (www.concreteutopia.org). She received her BA in Art History with a concentration in Visual Arts from Barnard College in 2009, and in September will begin her MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths College, London.

Natalie Bell is a New York-based writer, researcher, and curator. Her previous experience includes work at the Guggenheim, The New Museum, and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center. She is a frequent contributor to Art Papers and the recipient of the Arts Writing Workshop award through Creative Capital (AICA/USA). She received her BA in philosophy from Barnard College and will complete an MA in philosophy from the CUNY Graduate Center in May 2012.

Recession Art is an arts organization that connects emerging artists with aspiring collectors and provides an affordable and accessible alternative to the traditional art market. Visit Recession Art at The Invisible Dog during Everything is Index, Nothing is History, or at RAC on 9 Clinton Street between Houston and Stanton streets, accessible from the 2nd Avenue F Station and Essex Street J/M/Z trains. To learn more visit RecessionArtShows.com or email info@recessionartshows.com.

The Invisible Dog Art Center is located on 51 Bergen Street between Smith and Court streets, near the Bergen F/G stops. Gallery hours are 2–8 pm Wednesday–Sunday.


Recession Art seeking Spring/Summer Interns

Mon Apr 30, 2012 15:10

Recession Art is seeking Spring Interns for March-June and Summer Interns for June-September.

Recession Art is a NYC-based arts organization dedicated to connecting emerging artists with aspiring collectors. Since 2009, we have produced two group shows and numerous special events each year. In 2012 Recession Art partnered with CULTUREfix to create RAC, a gallery and book/print shop on the upper level of LES art space. This location is home to our Featured Artist program, a series of solo shows by six of the most promising Recession Artists. RAC functions as a print and book shop and an event space for readings, performance art, workshops, and conversations.

Recession Art Interns will have the unique opportunity to learn about starting up a small business and running an art space from the very beginning. This will be a hands-on internship, with interns becoming an essential part of our team. We are looking for proactive, hard working candidates with a desire to take initiative on assignments and special projects.

Interns will be responsible for the following tasks:


- Participating in curatorial meetings about store inventory and artwork selection.

- Assisting Resident Curators with artist communication.

- Keeping track of store inventory.

- Opportunity to propose and produce intern-curated special events.

General Administrative:

- Gallery sitting and staffing the store register.

- Assisting the Programming Director with staffing special events and recruiting volunteers.

- Answering general email inquiries.

- Assisting the Executive Director with bookkeeping and budgeting.

- Researching special projects for the Executive Director.

- Attending monthly staff meetings.

Public Relations / Marketing:

- Writing and distributing press releases for monthly Openings, calls for submissions and occasional special events.

- Maintaining a file of clippings about Recession Art.

- Keeping the Press section of the website up to date.

- Composing weekly blog posts about upcoming events.

- Regularly updating the Recession Art Facebook page and Twitter feed.

- Researching and proposing alternative marketing opportunities.


- Applicants should expect to commit 20 hours per week to the position. This will include two shifts working at the store register, one of which must be a Saturday or Sunday.

- Education or experience in Arts Administration, Curatorial Studies, Art History, Fine Art, or Business is preferred.

-Strong writing skills are a must.

-Social Media skills, experience in writing for blog posts and everyday professional correspondence and some experience in retail and sales is preferred.

- Because the gallery contains a working bar, applicants must be 21+ years old.

- Compensation for this position is based on commission. Interns receive 10% of the pre-tax price of any artwork sold while working the register.

- School credit is available.

- Interns may receive use of the gallery to schedule their own events, subject to availability.

To apply, please send your resume, two references, a brief paragraph about yourself, and a one page writing sample to emma@recessionartshows.com with SPRING/SUMMER INTERN in the subject line.

For more information, please email us at info@recessionartshows.com.


Everything is Index, Nothing is History

Fri Mar 02, 2012 17:25

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

Everything is Index, Nothing is History

Recession Art is now accepting submissions of artwork in all media for our next exhibition, to be held at the Invisible Dog in Brooklyn from June 2 – 17, 2012. Curated by Melanie Kress, Everything is Index is an exhibition about writing and interpreting history, specifically contrasting histories written through language with histories inscribed on the physical world. An “index” may be a footprint, a scar, a photograph—a document pointing to a moment in time. Everything is Index is an exhibition about how we experience the world as an accumulation of physical traces. Of special interest are works that engage in alternative modes of writing, framing, and interpreting history. And question how we determine truth and veracity. Works may address topics such as archive, information systems, story telling, the natural sciences, and photography.

The deadline for submissions is March 2. Artists will be notified of acceptance by April 6. Visit http://recessionartshows.com/submit to read the complete show description and terms and to access the Submission Form or email info@recessionartshows.com with questions.