Recession Art Inaugural
April 18-22, 2009
Recession Art’s Inaugural Show took place April 17 – 23, 2009 at the Brooklyn Artists Gym, and featured young artists Chris Campisi, Chaz Ganster, Ted Gordon, Ani Katz, Ashley May, Terence Trouillot, and Jane Van Cleef.
Chris Campisi is an artist of sorts: part man, part machine. Underneath, it’s a hyper-alloy combat chassis- micro processor-controlled, fully armoured. Very tough. But outside, it’s the living human tissue- flesh, skin, hair, blood, grown for the cyborgs… The 600 series had rubber skin. We spotted them easy. But these are new, they look human. Sweat, bad breath, everything.
Chaz Ganster is an Japanese-American artist born 1986 in south-central Kentucky. While an art student at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, he was a member of the Eclectic Society. He recently worked with the art production department for Ray Tintori’s music videos, including MGMT’s single “Kids” and The Killers’ “Spaceman.” He currently lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Ted Gordon (tedgordon.net) is a photographer, writer, and musician living in Brooklyn, New York. He is a recent graduate of Yale College, where he wrote his senior thesis on John Zorn and worked at the Yale School of Art’s darkroom. He maintains a website and a blog, as well as a habit for film and vegetables. Keeping with the theme of this show, he also must mention that he does weddings and personal portraits. Sometimes even for free.
Ani Katz is a recent graduate of the Yale undergraduate photography department, where she spent four years writing very few papers. When not in the lab waiting for her photographs to print, she could be found at the Yale Daily News, where she served as den mother of the Photo Desk. She has toured as a rock band photographer and currently spends her days writing grants for some quirky non-profits. She would be happy to photograph your upcoming event, as long as you don’t mind that the pictures will look nothing like what you remember.
Ashley May (ashleymay.org) is a multimedia artist living and working in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She earned a BA in Studio Art from Wesleyan University in 2007. She has exhibited at The Perfect Wave Gallery in Brooklyn, the Zilkha Gallery in Middletown, Connecticut and the Oxbow School of Fine Art in Napa, California. Her work focuses on the investigation of surfaces through a combination of drawing, painting and sculpture.
Terence Trouillot does not believe in bios.
Jane Van Cleef (janevancleef.com) is a fashion designer, toy designer and captain of industry. Past artworks of note include her senior thesis show at Harvard, Climate Change Preparedness Center : a fully functioning clothing store which outfitted customers for a more aquatic future. She is currently exploring the world of embroidery in her Robot Tapestry series to be shown at Recession Art this spring.
Time Out New York: April 16-22, 2009