"Say Something, Jamie" Publication by Jamieson Webster and Chloë Bass


  • Image of "Say Something, Jamie" Publication by Jamieson Webster and Chloë Bass

January 2019, English, 5.5 x 8.5 in, 36 pages, color, softcover
Design: Chloë Bass

Recess is pleased to premiere a collaboration featuring new writing by Jamieson Webster, written in parallel with Chloë Bass's Analog project, Obligation to Others Holds Me in My Place. This Critical Writing publication takes the form of a gorgeous yet discreetly designed 36-page, saddle-stitched booklet with writing by psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster and notes/images/interventions/design by 2018 Analog artist-in-residence Chloë Bass. Printed in a limited edition of 100 copies.


Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in New York. She has written for Artforum, Cabinet, the Guardian, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Playboy, and Spike Art Quarterly. Her books include The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (2011), Stay, Illusion! (with Simon Critchley, 2013), and Conversion Disorder (Columbia University Press, 2018).
Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She began her work with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 – 2013), has recently concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015 – 2017), and will continue to scale up gradually until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. Chloë has held numerous fellowships and residencies; 2018’s include a residency at Denniston Hill, the Recess Analog Artist-in-Residence, and a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship. Her projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including recent exhibits at the Knockdown Center, the Kitchen, the Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. Reviews, mentions of, and interviews about her work have appeared in Artforum, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Temporary Art Review, and Artnews among others. Her forthcoming monograph will be published by The Operating System in Fall 2018; she also has a chapbook, #sky #nofilter, forthcoming from DoubleCross Press. Her short-form writing has been published on Hyperallergic, Arts.Black, and the Walker Reader. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY, where she co-runs Social Practice Queens with Gregory Sholette.

The Critical Writing program at Recess commissions emerging writers to pursue the underlying theory and contemporary criticism that informs individual Session projects, initiating a meaningful exchange between artists and writers while facilitating the mutual production of new work.