A Letter Regarding RECESS' Current Status and Future Plans...

September 6, 2014

Since RECESS was forced to leave the Oregon Brass Works building in May, we have been quietly but steadily working to reestablish our presence in Portland.

We have been changing and growing as an organization, and continue to look at this short hiatus as a time to respond to those changes. We continue to look for a new location that will allow us to exhibit and host studios. Alongside this search, we are also budgeting and planning funding sources, both for a new location and for ongoing programming. We’re also undergoing organizational changes as previous co-directors move on to other projects and new faces join our team.

Most importantly, we are continuing to curate exhibitions and events, with a series of pop-up exhibitions and performances planned for early 2015, titled “Moving Out.” While our long-term goal is to return to a permanent location, this kind of programming is an opportunity for us to challenge and expand our organizational tactics and spark a discourse on how we as individuals and organizers transfer ideas in a post-brick-and-mortar era.

The struggle to find a lasting home in this city is a familiar one to us. Throughout this process we continue to be extremely grateful for the support of RECESS’ friends and benefactors. Thank you, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, advice, or support during this time.

RECESS Transitional Team
Tori Abernathy
Maxwell Smith-Holmes
Ross C Young