olek: the end is far at jonathan levine gallery
 
olek: the end is far at jonathan levine gallery olek: the end is far at jonathan levine gallery
mar 02, 2013

olek: the end is far at jonathan levine gallery

olek – the end is far poster

 

jonathan levine gallery is currently showing a series of new pieces from the crochet artist olek. the end is far will will be on show until march 23, 2013.

 

—following text from jonathan levine gallery

 

the end is far,  a site-specific installation and live performance by polish-born, is the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. known for her bold work and vivacious persona, olek’s ever-expanding interventions involve covering a multitude of people and objects in camouflage-patterned crochet including: bicycles, cars, shopping carts, construction vehicles and prominent public art sculptures such as wall street’s charging bull; alamo (astor place cube) and gato de botero in barcelona.

 

 

‘being beautiful’

 

 

this exhibition follows what proved to be a very eventful year for olek. in 2011, she was placed on house arrest after a dispute with an aggressive male patron escalated at a london bar. subsequently, despite creatively and financially stifling circumstances, olek found herself motivated by the experience, determined to cover legal expenses and fight for her freedom.

 

granted permission to leave the UK between court appearances, 2012 became the most prolific year of the artist’s career to date, as she took on numerous international projects, public installations and commissions. she was part of the 40 under 40: craft futures exhibition at the smithsonian, for which her entire crocheted studio apartment was exhibited. during the rest of her travels, olek collaborated with women around the world, in brazil, hong kong and poland, learning new techniques and experimenting with different materials.

 

the end is far features new multi-layered crocheted sculptures and panels inspired by the events that transpired last year. with the addition of finely crocheted lace doilies, metallic gold ribbon and a new approach to typography, themes of freedom, justice, feminine power and strength are conveyed through subject matter such as boxing gloves, skulls, skeletons, sickles and horseshoes. an installation room containing a dining table set with china, overflowing fruit bowls, wine bottles and goblets will serve as an isolated environment for olek’s crochet-covered female performers during the opening reception.

 

 

 

‘all we need is love and money’

 

 

‘happiness is an inside job’

 

 

‘the end is far’

 

 

‘buddhism is universal no. 01’

 

 

‘new years eve no.01’

 

 

‘fight no.01’

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