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, Microscope Gallery, and Center for Performance Research. 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.
Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design, New York City, NY
Integrative Studio 1 + 2
Visiting Lecturer, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY
Visual Language + Sound / Immersive Environments
Artist Educator, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, NY
SPACE TIME PLAY documents one year as the Artist Educator in Residence at Dia:Beacon featuring public programs, workshops, and curriculum developed for the Artist Education Program, partnering with the Beacon Public Schools.
COMPLEX SYSTEMS Art and Physics Residency at the University of Oregon
In the pioneering Visiting Artist Program in the Physics Department at the University of Oregon, the story of science and scientists is told from the inside out. An artist becomes embedded into the Corwin Lab for a period of time where s/he will function side-by-side with research scientists, participating in every aspect of life in the lab. Working alongside researchers in the same space, the artist creates work that responds to the world of science as it is, in all of its complexity and humanity.
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BOMB Magazine, Issue #145, Ann Hamilton and Audra Wolowiec
Reassembled fragments of texts and vocalizations invite audiences into the immersive installations of these two artists.
prompt: issue 1, Workbook for a Performance, Audra Wolowiec and Jenni Crain
Workbook for a Performance is a language-based performance score by Audra Wolowiec, based on interventions of text from Virginia Woolf's The Waves. It invites multiple interpretations, embodied silences, collective performances, and participatory readings. With the words Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary on the day she finished The Waves as another form of prompt, I have never written a book so full of holes and patches; that will need rebuilding.
Hyperallergic, What Isn't There: Audra Wolowiec's Sounds, Scents, Erasures, Thomas Micchelli
Much of Wolowiec’s work is about what isn’t there. Or, more to the point, the elements that are endowed with shape, surface, and weight often function as delivery systems for those that are not, literally or metaphorically. Sound waves, light beams, and elided texts define the core of her practice.
BOMB Magazine, Issue #137, Audra Wolowiec by Emmalea Russo
The results do not point at the results—they are rich process and rhythm cues, evidence that language is audible even in its silence, and visible in the margin and spaces of its arranging and rearranging. Wolowiec is not presenting conclusions. She is inviting the viewer to investigate the ineffable.
Feldenkrais Journal, Issue 29 | Voluntary + Involuntary Movements: Somatic Practice in Contemporary Art, interview by Helen Miller
New York Times, Resonant Structures, 2016
Resonant Structures, Stony Brook University, 2016 (pdf)
Reductive Journal, Issue FOUR, 2015
La Vague Journal, Negative Exempla, 2015
Modern Painters, 24 Artists to Watch in 2015, 2014
Hyperallergic, Public Art in the Sonic Realm, Charles Eppley, 2014
Time Out NY, Hear that honk? It’s the music of the city, Tolly Wright, 2014
Colorado Public Radio, Sound & Text at Counterpath, Chloe Veltman, 2014
Westword, Sound System, Bree Davies, 2014
The Artist Catalog, Volume 1: Winter Issue, 2013 (pdf)
Gwarlingo, CONCRETE SOUND, collaboration with Christine Shan Shan Hou, 2013
Urbanite Baltimore, Information Interrupted, Cara Ober, 2013
Brooklyn Rail, In the Use of Others for the Change, Thomas Micchelli, 2012
Bushwick Daily, Sound and Space of Audra Wolowiec, Katarina Hybenova, 2012