Recess

41 Grand Street, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10013

646-863-3765‎

Recess Art Gallery:
Recess is a nonprofit artists’ workspace open to the public.  At once a studio and exhibition space, Recess initiates lasting connections between artists and audiences, presenting ambitious projects that embrace experimentation and focus on process.

Our signature program, Session, invites artists to use our storefront space to realize long-term projects that take advantage of our built-in public audience.

Mission:
Recess’s mission is to support the rigorous process of the contemporary artist by creating a space for productive activity that initiates a partnership with the public.

Our model combines studio and exhibition platforms, offering artists flexible space in which to generate new work.  With agency to determine the visibility of their project and the parameters of its presentation, Recess artists realize ambitious goals in dialogue with an inquisitive audience.

Free and open to the public, Recess offers critical exposure for the artists we support while fostering an approachable environment that promotes valuable visual and intellectual interactions.

History:
Recess was formed in May of 2009 to align with evolving conditions of creative practice and its public reception.  When searching for an ideal location, we were acutely aware that emerging artists cannot afford to live or work in proximity to exhibition communities.  Securing a platform to gain visibility and develop their creative goals and professional career is often an insurmountable task.

On site in Soho, we began challenging the established arts community to embrace changing modes of artistic production that were taking advantage of an active public. Recess eagerly stepped into the liminal space between polished gallery and private studio to take on ambitious projects that don’t “fit” squarely within the boundaries of these customary contexts.

In February of 2011, we received a wonderful invitation to collaborate with Charlotte Kidd and Dustin Yellin of Kidd Yellin Studios in Red Hook.  Kidd Yellin offered Recess a project room in their dynamic art space to serve as second site for Session.  With access to Kidd Yellin’s gallery, studios and vibrant artists community, Session artists began working to further Recess’ mission in this neighborhood.  Recess’s final project at Kidd Yellin Studios concluded in December, 2011.

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