Larry Bob Phillips: Wiggle Room

June 18 – August 6, 2011

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, Larry Bob Phillips: Wiggle Room underwent constant modifications; the features of this page provided accruing information on the Session’s developments and will continue to track the project’s progression beyond Recess’s walls.


Tuesday July 12th Reception/Viewing for Michael Beitz
Thursday July 21st Jeff Jensen Night of Laughs
Thursday August 4th CHERYL closing performance

About Larry Bob Phillips: Wiggle Room

On June 18, 2011, Larry Bob Phillips will begin work on his project Wiggle Room, as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use its storefront space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.

Over the course of two months, Phillips will record four collaborative events, covering the walls inside 41 Grand Street with large-scale, and densely detailed drawings. Phillips will invite artists to join him in the space for temporary performances, and will draw these interventions. The artist’s anticipation and memory of the performance will inform the content of Phillips’ wall drawings. Visitors to Recess can engage in performances and witness their own integration into the ongoing drawing.

Throughout this Session, visitors to Recess in SoHo will witness a diverse series of collaborations, starting with Michael Beitz’s construction of “exhibition furniture” for Wiggle Room. Later, Phillips’ drawings will become a backdrop for an evening of humor and music hosted by musician-writer-stand-up comedian Jeffrey Joe Jensen. Phillips will collaborate with Amy Pina to add a final layer of color to the drawing installation, which will create a vibrant atmosphere for CHERYL, a spirited and dynamic group that uses the dance party formula to explore both playful and controversial themes.

Visitors to Wiggle Room can expect, in the words of the artist, “a raucous, unpredictable, but dramatic ride.”

Open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6pm; Thursday, 2-8pm


About the Artist:

Larry Bob Phillips, born near Amarillo, Texas, studied with calligrapher Carl Kurtz at the Kansas City Art Institute. His primary medium has been drawing for more than ten years and maintains a studio practice that encompasses a wide array of materials and styles.

In 2003 he helped start and run the Donkey Gallery in Albuquerque. At the University of New Mexico he began teaching Drawing classes, earned his MFA and continued to teach general studio and art history classes at Central New Mexico Community College, he has also taught in Mexico and Roswell.

In 2009/2010 he attended a one-year residency at the Roswell Artist in Residence program.

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