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Scott Keightley’s solo exhibition

Scott Keightley

A photo of Keightley’s solo exhibition
A photo of Keightley’s solo exhibition

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, this project will undergo constant modifications; the features of this page provide accruing information on the project’s developments.

January 12–March 26, 2011

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January 12, 2011—Artist Scott Keightley will begin fourteen weeks of work at Recess as part of its signature program, Session. Recess invites artists in Session to use its storefront space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation. During his first solo presentation, Keightley will create a series of sculptural and painted elements that will continually develop throughout his time on site.

The artist will build a ramp in the front of Recess’s space, offering boarders free access to skate.

The artist will build a ramp in the front of Recess’s space, offering boarders free access to skate.

A drop cloth will be painted with saturated oils on one side, and a solid white denoting surrender on the other. The painting will hang on a flagpole outside the gallery, with the white side facing 98 degrees East. In contrast, the facade of the building will be painted yellow.

A sculpture will be built from concrete, mirror, lumber, gold leaf, and honey, and plants will be grown in and around it. Glass containers filled with gallons of wildflower honey will be dyed with food coloring, blood, hydrogenated corn oil, and other pollutants. Naturally red honey from a farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn will also be present.

For at least one night, the artist will sleep and attempt to dream at Recess.

As the above elements are realized, an environment of conflicting organic and inorganic material will emerge. This working installation will isolate the evolution of the artist’s studio practice and the mutations that continually occur within fabricated sculpture and found objects.

Session invites artists to use Recess’s public platform to combine productive studio space with dynamic exhibition opportunities. Sessions remain open to the public from the first day of the artist’s project through the last, encouraging sustained dialogue between artists and audiences. Due to the process-based nature of Session, projects undergo constant revision and the above proposal is subject to change.

About the artist

Scott Keightley

Scott Keightley (b. 1987, Boston MA) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Along with his work as a visual artist, he is part of the team behind artist-run space “Violet’s Cafe”.

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