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Art Exhibit Asks Passersby to Stop and Hear the Music in City's Cacophony

By Janet Upadhye | March 27, 2014 8:59am
 "the music of the city is free" is meant to "draw attention to the fact that the city is filled with different sounds that together make a sort of 'music' and soundtrack that is free to all," according to artist Audra Wolowiec.
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FORT GREENE — The next time you hear a horn honk, think music, not noise.

BRIC art gallery's latest exhibit — comprised of more than a hundred posters with the statement “the music of the city is free" — is asking viewers to change their tune about the sounds of the Big Apple.

"The phrase references the sounds of the city and what people generally think of as noise can also be heard as music," artist Audra Wolowiec, 35, said.

The 18-by-24 inch posters not only hang on the walls of the gallery at 647 Fulton St, but are also scattered throughout the neighbrhood on construction barriers and the exterior walls of local coffee shops, doctor's offices and museums.

"The posters hung outdoors allow people to pause and take a break in their busy day and routine to have a different experience in the city," she said.

Wolowiec, an instructor at Parsons, worked with Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership and the Fulton Area Business (FAB) Alliance to gain permission to hang posters on spots like Dollar Deal at 635 Fulton St, John’s Donut & Coffee Shop at 481 Myrtle Ave., and Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center at 650 Fulton St.

Thousands of posters are also stacked inside the gallery and are free for visitors to take.

"I liked the idea of the posters being free and even if someone folds it up, puts it in their pocket, and takes it home, the art can live beyond the walls of the gallery," said Wolowiec.

Wolowiec's exhibit is part of BRIC's new “Art Into Music” installation, which lasts until April 27 at the gallery.

The exhibition is free to the public and features 12 artists working in medium such as installation, collage, public interventions, painting, text-based work, sculpture and video.

To find out more visit the Art Into Music webpage.