You Never Know What Idea You Might Have
Session at Recess
January 3 – March 4, 2017

Press Release

On January 3, Motoko Fukuyama will begin work on You Never Know What Idea You Might Have, a two-month project that will forge links between Recess and Argo Electronics, located on Canal Street one block away from our storefront. Argo—a surplus electronics store that has been in existence since 1978 and is the last vestige of the Radio Row district in Lower Manhattan—will serve as both the subject for a new film by Fukuyama and the source of materials that a group of artists will use as props and narrative devices in the making of the film.

Throughout her Session, Fukuyama will present a range of guest artists with an opportunity to shop for intriguing objects from Argo’s inventory, while keeping in mind as their guiding motivation the store’s motto, “you never know what idea you might have.” The artists will return to Recess with the collected materials and concepts and will manipulate these as fodder for sculptures, poems, digital artworks, and more. Fukuyama will film the full range of the project’s activities, working toward the creation of a new quasi-documentary film about Argo’s history and its owner, David Lasevski. The Session will culminate with a screening of the film and a group exhibition of the guest artists’ creations.

As You Never Know What Idea You Might Have evolves, Recess will take on the appearance (and functionality) of a soundstage, production studio, and display space. Visitors will be invited to observe and participate as Fukuyama and the artists move back and forth between Argo and Recess, tracing a line of invention and experimentation across these distinct locations and reflecting on the personal and material histories that exist within the neighborhood.

List of the Guest Artists 

January 3-5 Aki Onda

January 6-7 Ryan Foerster

January 10-11 Sam Moyer

January 12-14 Lucky DeBellevue

January 17-18 Aidas Bareikis

January 19-21 Aaron Suggs

January 24 Noah Sparkes

January 25-27 Hannah Buonaguro

January 28 Joel Morrison

January 31- February 1 Benny Merris

February 4-5 Meredyth Sparks

February 7 Kiki Kudo & Miho Hatori

February 8-10 Maria Chavez

February 15-16
University of Virginia VA Experimental Music Composers
(Peter Bussige,l Kevin Davis, Travis Thatche, Ryan Maguire)
and Woodly Sullender and Paige Naylor

March 2
Closing Reception & Screening of You Never Know What Idea You Might Have

Fantasies-of-the-Junk-Shop was written by Hunter Braithwait

in parallel with my project as part of Recess’s critical writing program.

Hunter's writing image

Ryan 2Ryan

By Ryan Foerster

Sam 2 Sam 1Sam 3

By Sam Moyer

Lucky 2

Lucky 1

Lucky 4

By Lucky Debellevue

Aidas 1 Aidas 2 Aidas 4

Aidas 3

Aidas Bareikis shopping at Argo and experimenting at Recess.


Hannah 2

By Hannah Buonaguro

DSC_2515 Aaron Suggs

DSC_2519 Aaron Suggs

By Aaron Suggs


Mere 2

By Meredyth Sparks

Noah Noah 2

By Noah Sparkes

Benny   By Benny Merris
Joel By Joel Morrison  
Ryan 3 By Ryan Foerster