NEWBURGH COMMUNITY LAND BANK
ARTIST IN VACANCY
29 Chambers street
Friday, September 27, 6-8pm
Open to the Public:
September 28-29 and October 5-6 from 12-6pm
(and by appointment)
The title of this project refers to A.I.R. (Artist In Residency) signs posted on buildings in New York City to alert the Fire Department of artists living in what appeared to be empty industrial spaces, the conceptual precedent for Artist in Vacancy (AIV), as well as air, the substance that we breathe. The main source material will be derived from the text of The US Constitution, drawing attention to Newburgh as a historic, political site, as well as the current state of politics in the United States. The text will be erased with the exception of the commas, the musical notation for the breath, creating an intervention that will be vocally performed and recorded, breathing life into a more inclusive understanding of its intended meaning. The sound installation will be located at a site in the process of construction, allowing convergences between the body as corporeal and architectural sites of agency.
Audra Wolowiec is an interdisciplinary artist whose work oscillates between sculpture, installation, text and performance with an emphasis on sound and the material qualities of language. Wolowiec's work has been shown internationally and in the United States at MASS MoCA, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Stony Brook University, Art in General, and Studio 10. Readings and events have taken place at MoMA PS1, The Poetry Project, and Microscope Gallery. Her work has been featured in BOMB Magazine, Modern Painters, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, CAA Journal, Sound American, and reductive journal. Residencies include Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Complex Systems Art and Physics Residency at the University of Oregon supported by a National Science Foundation Grant, and Dieu Donné. Wolowiec currently teaches at Parsons School of Design, SUNY Purchase, and Dia:Beacon. She is the founder and director of the publishing platform Gravel Projects.