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.
In summer of 2012, Recess began collaborating with Dustin Yellin by opening an additional space for Session at Pioneer Works, Center for Art & Innovation, the new arts space at 159 Pioneer Street in Red Hook, one of Brooklyn’s prominent arts destinations.