In the most recent issue of cultural review The New Criterion, editor James Panero featured Brooklyn-based Audra Wolowiec‘s sculptural installation Concrete Sound in his monthly column Gallery Chronicle. Originally appearing in the January 2012 print edition of the journal, Panero’s piece offered a survey of successful recent shows presented by several Bushwick favorites, Norte Maar’s penultimate exhibition of last year- featuring Wolowiec, Man Bartlett, and Lindsey Walt– among them.
“Woloweic’s concrete forms resonated with the room’s sound environment, at least metaphorically so,” Panero writes of the work. He goes on to comment on the Bushwick arts scene at large, noting that “by going local, Bushwick does not rail against the art establishment of museums, auction houses, mega-collectors, and celebrity Chelsea galleries,” but rather, “sets up a viable, alternative culture of arts patronage.” He hails Wolowiec’s project, commissioned by Norte Maar, as a stellar example of “how high concept can interact with the low-tech limitations of the neighborhood.”
In conjunction with her one-person exhibition Concrete Sound, Audra Wolowiec collaborated with the writer and poet Christine Shan Shan Hou to create a publication that acts as an extension of the installation. The publication, based on email exchanges of images and text between Wolowiec and Hou over a one-month period, is a dialogic experiment that unfolds the poetics of responding. A reading from the publication was held at Norte Maar on Friday, November 17.
“Do we want concrete?” writes Hou in the introduction to the collaborative publication, “As if uncertainty looms unconventionally like a black skirt in the corner. Sound waves its left hand amongst tremors. The women in search of an echo may unhook themselves from the mirror. Attention can drop through or hearing. Senses like alert chimneys without instruction. Can personal history be detached from the body?”
Christine Shan Shan Hou reads from Concrete Sound:
The latest edition of BEAT NITE drew hearty crowds to several familiar spaces and the inaugural group show of AIRPLANE, a newly launched artist run basement space. One of the first crisp evenings of the season didn’t discourage the neighborhood from coming out to take in the concrete triangles of Audra Wolowiec’s installation here at Norte Maar, the insect filled plastic tank included in Rob Andrews solo show at English Kills, and nautical themed musings in Centotto’s group show.
The after party at Bodega was star studded with all the neighborhood favorites in attendance. Lots to drink and some fabulous voguing too. Thanks to all the spaces, all the artists, and our great peeps that made this BEAT NITE one of the best! Anticipation for the seventh installment of this bi-annual neighborhood event is already building.