BRIC installation includes takeaway art posters
March 24, 2014
Art spills outside the gallery walls for Brooklyn artist Audra Wolowiec’s new “Art Into Music” installation at BRIC Arts | Media House. Stacks of 18” x 24” posters with the words, “the music of the city is free,” appear in 15 different languages both inside the gallery space, across the street from BRIC, and in outdoor public sites around Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene, including Dollar Deal at 635 Fulton St, John’s Donut & Coffee Shop at 481 Myrtle Ave, Ruthie’s at 560 Myrtle Ave, Der Schwarze Kolner at 710 Fulton St, and Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center at 650 Fulton St.
The move reflects Wolowiec’s interest in participatory art, where the work, not unlike music, can never be complete without the viewer.
“I’ve been working with local community organizations and BRIC curator Jennifer Gerow to gain access to building sites in the area,” explained Wolowiec. “It’s important to me that we have permission to put up these posters—the act of communication is very much at the heart of this project and it’s truly been great to have the support of the local community.”
Passersby are welcome to take a poster, keep it, preserve it, and interact with it for a multisensory experience. The different languages reflect the diversity of the spoken word in Brooklyn, and include English, Spanish, German, Romanian, French, Hindi, Korean, Hebrew, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Italian, Bosnian, Polish, and American Sign Language.
Wolowiec, who hails from Detroit and studied at the University of Michigan and Rhode Island School of Design, has also had solo exhibitions at Bushwick gallery Norte Maar and SoHo’s Art in General and currently teaches at Parsons.
BRIC’s “Art Into Music” exhibition will run through April 27 and is free to visit Tuesday through Sunday from 10am–8pm. For more information, visit the “Art Into Music” website and “the music of the city is free” website.