Once active in the basement of the late, lamented Artistery, RECESS gallery has new digs at the Oregon Brass Works building at 1127 SE 10th. These are some of the smart kids, as likely to talk idea as object, recent or almost art school graduates from Reed College, PNCA, and PSU. Brennan Broome, JP Huckins, Chloe Womack, and Tori Abernathy are programming the gallery and making an arts hub, filling studios in the building.

The Space-Based Arts Festival is RECESS’s inaugural show at the new space opening Friday, September 2 from 6:30 to 10 PM. I’m particularly interested to see work by Broome and Bourcier. Here’s what the gallery has to say about the exhibition:

‘Space’ is all around us, it’s all-encompassing. Any and all goings-on are mediated by and predicated on it. Its parameters are so inclusive that it ceases to be meaningful. Well it doesn’t have to be meaningful to us for it to have a very serious impact on our day to day – both by tripping us up, giving us a surface to stand on, and all the stuff in between. As our attention becomes more and more rapt towards bright and shiny screen technologies, the rest of the space gets dulled out and forgotten. The artists selected for SBA adopt multiple strategies for negotiating our experience with(in) it.

Made from a collection of over 200 tropical shorts, skorts, shirts and skirts, Hannah Jickling presents Paradise Tarp, or Space-Based Tarp, for Space-Based Art.  For residents of the Pacific Northwest, this portable shelter will promise protection and vacation from the elements.

Hannah Jickling is from the Canadian north and currently lives and works between Portland, Toronto and the Yukon. She received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2003), and her MFA (Art and Social Practice), from Portland State University (2010). She is currently the artist-in-residence at the Multnomah Education Service District’s Outdoor School.

Art has agency in a renegade Mylar installation that watches you watch it. Emergency thermal blankets engage in unsettling, mischievous behavior and suggest that digital space is not all that distinct from your space.

Zoe Alexandra Stal studies Studio Art at Reed College and through photography, digital media, and sculpture is concerned with playfully inviting the viewer to revaluate their relationship to art objects.

“I lost a lot of faith when Ian MacKaye said,


…But that was the shit that got me through. Punk rock, the sea, work.

The distinction between what I’ve lost to time and what I still possess continually becomes more clear. The fact that these same things still get me through, keep me getting through, hold my attention, hint at an unknown — well, that’s why I keep working, keep listening to punk. It was such an idiotic revelation when I recognized that punk rock and the sea meant the same big immutable thing to me.


Kyle Thompson grew up in small-town Arizona listening to punk rock and rebelling against nothing, really. While attending Lewis and Clark College, he founded 12128 – a contemporary art space and working studio on a retired Bearing Sea Crab fishing boat – where he now acts as co-director. Thompson produces sculptural and performance based work and teaches chemistry at Lewis and Clark.

“In so far as the science of man exists, it finds its material in the “trivial”, the everyday.”
Henri Lefebvre

“When I watch TV shows about Outer space, I notice that experts often use objects such as clocks and balloons to illustrate theories of how the universe began. With my sculptures I apply similar methods, using the tangible to represent the intangible in order to demonstrate my own understanding and questions about the limits of our galaxy.”

Derek Bourcier was born in 1980 in Logan, Utah and studied at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. Bourcier was a member of the unpopular rap group Linda and Ron’s Dad and painted murals with teenagers involved in the juvenile court system through ArtWorks, a non-profit organization in Seattle. Bourcier creates sculptures that explore various concepts but always seek to discover the marvelous potential of mundane materials within an urban environment.

Following his summer residency at RECESS, Weston Smith responded with Weston Smith – Lacan, Sandpaper, 2011 – a series of sculptural and video work.

Weston Smith is a Moreno Valley-born artist, currently living and working in New York City where he enjoys Thai food and cheap whores. His tools marry traditional work with technological advances (i.e. the internet). He enjoys mixing traditional mediums with the ever-growing presence of BIG BROTHER and the ever-present OTHER.

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