Olek Stops by “The End Is Far” on Final Day

Posted by The G on March 24, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Olek.

Olek - The End is Far

Olek (far right in the back) at The End is Far

Several years ago, I was exposed to the art of Olek and it was love at first sight.  The “Goddess of Crochet” closed her exhibit “The End is Far” at Jonathan Levine Gallery on March 23, 2013 and she was in attendance for its final day.  If you missed seeing this exhibit, you missed a visual treat that really makes you wonder how she did it. It’s been so exciting to watch her career explode onto the the headlines of worldwide publications and in just a few short years, she’s had exhibits in Los Angeles, New York, England as well as being part of an exhibit in the Smithsonian in Washington DC.  She’s seamlessly crocheted the gallery and street art worlds together with renegade billboards and public installations across the globe.  I spoke with Olek and we talked about the many wins and successes she’s been so deservedly enjoying.  While she would not spill the beans on what she’s working on next, she told me that she is already in the planning stages and there is no doubt that whatever she comes up with will outdo her latest mind-blowing exhibit.  Stay tuned!

Olek - The End Is Far

Olek – The End Is Far

Must See Art: “The End is Far” by Olek at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Posted by The G on February 24, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Olek.

"The End is Far" by Olek

“The End is Far” by Olek

The Goddess of Crochet, Olek, has more than brought her A-game to her latest solo exhibit “The End is Far” at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York.  Part performance, part site specific installation and a whole lot of color and intricacy, you cannot miss seeing this exhibit.

A scene from The End is Far by Olek (with Martha Cooper taking a photo on the far right)

A scene from The End is Far by Olek (with Martha Cooper taking a photo on the far right)

As you walk into “The End is Far,” you find a scantily clad performer (but wearing a crocheted outfit) on a crocheted swing.  On the walls surrounding the performer, you see crocheted works of art that have subversive sayings or phrases.

Fuck, Lust, Love

Fuck, Lust, Love

And just when you thought the exhibit could not get any better, you turn the corner to discover an entire room crocheted by Olek!

 

Crocheted room by Olek!

Crocheted room by Olek!

The amount of detail and the amount of crocheted objects in this room is impossible to see from this picture, but I guarantee you, your mind will be blown!

Olek.  Art within art...

Olek. Art within art…

Do not miss this exhibit under any circumstances!

“The End is Far” by Olek is showing at Jonathan Levine Gallery (located at 529 West 20th Street #9E) in New York through March 23, 2013.

Crochet Artist Olek Detained in London – She Needs Your Help!

Posted by The G on December 14, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy, GNN, Street Art, The G Spot | 2 Comments to Read

Art by Olek.

A scene from “Knitting is For Pussies” by Olek.

Art lovers, I am afraid I have some bad news!  I received an email from our favorite crochet artist, Olek and she’s been detained in London.  She forwarded the following statement issued by her legal counsel in the UK:

 
Olek recently arrived in London in order to fulfill a variety of professional engagements; the first of which was to donate a piece of art work to a charitable organization. On October 6th after donating a piece of her art to the charity at a show in London, Olek was involved in an incident with a drunk and aggressive male who behaved reprehensibly.The incident happened extremely quickly and not knowing anyone in London or able to access her cell phone for numbers she was swept up into the legal system and treated very poorly. This has resulted in very serious charges being leveled against her which she strenuously denies. She has not even had the chance to state her case before a Court and she must await a statutory timetable before she can present her case properly.

She has now been fortunate enough to be referred on to an appropriate lawyer to defend her against these entirely false allegations, but effective legal representation in cases like this comes at a cost. Today, she needs your help to assist her to get through this terrible and unfair ordeal. At the moment she is facing serious charges with a risk of custody if she is not represented properly and able to expose the untruths and falsehoods in the allegations made against her.

Can you help?

What can you do to help?  Olek has set up the website www.olekappeal.com to accept any charitable donations.  If only every person who has ever enjoyed her art donates $1, Olek will be able to pay for these legal fees that she is faced with.  To sweeten the pot, by donating money, you can get some limited edition art from Olek.  Please spread the word and donate whatever you can, no matter how small.

We’re rooting for you Olek and we wish you a fast and speedy return to New York!

Watch this space for updates as they are available.

TEAM OLEK!

Olek’s Art Tells A Story

Posted by The G on August 15, 2011 under Street Art | 2 Comments to Read

Photos by G.  Art by Olek.

Olek!

On my way to see Olek’s latest exhibit “The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal,” at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, I ran across a shopping cart by the goddess of crochet.  As I went to take the above photo, the below photo sequence inadvertently reinforced my beliefs about the current state of our robotic society.

"What on earth is this?" says the lady on the right.

"Let's take a closer look"

Back to texting.

“The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal” by Olek

Posted by The G on August 11, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | 2 Comments to Read

Photos by G.  Art by Olek.

"The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal" By Olek. Now showing at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC through August 27, 2011

The goddess of crochet is back!  When we last wrote about Olek, she had just completed an exhibit where she crocheted over the contents of an entire studio apartment.  The exhibit was such a success that it’ll be featured at the Smithsonian next year in a travelling show!  Olek’s latest exhibit “The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal” at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery finds Olek exploring new territory.  As you walk up 20th street in Manhattan towards the LeVine Gallery, you’ll find street art that Olek has left for art aficionados to admire and for tourists, objects such as a crocheted shopping cart and crocheted cherry picker make for great photo ops!

Crocheted Cherry Picker by Olek

In the top photo, Olek crocheted the contents of a living room as an installation tribute to Keith Haring, where Haring famously camouflaged himself in a black and white room.  You’re going to have to see the exhibit in person to experience the full magic that Olek has created.  She also pays tribute (or steals from – per the quote that titles the exhibit) to artists such as Louise Bourgeois and Banksy, who once carved the Pablo Picasso quote “The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal” into stone and then crossed out Picasso’s name and put his own in its place.

You should not miss this exhibit under any circumstances!  “The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal” by Olek is showing at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery (located at 529 West 20th Street #9E) in Manhattan.  The exhibit runs through August 27, 2011.

See another photo of an artist Olek “steals” from after the break as well as Olek herself looking radiant at the opening night reception. Read more of this article »

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