Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The yarn sculptor: OLEK - Agata Oleksiak

Who comes to the idea yarn to loop around a bike or an entire building, a bathroom or even around a giant buffalo? Oleksi Agata known as Olek is one of the most shocking Crochet artist in the world.

"I think crochet, the way I create it, is a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of our body and its systems and psychology. The connections are stronger as one fabric as opposed to separate strands, but, if you cut one, the whole thing will fall apart. Relationships are complex and greatly vary situation to situation. They are developmental journeys of growth, and transformation. Time passes, great distances are surpassed and the fabric which individuals are composed of compiles and unravels simultaneously."
Olek 2009.

Gray, Rosie :  "Crochet Artist Olek Is in Legal Trouble in London"
The Village Voice (New York NY). March 2012.
Olek born as Agata Oleksiak in 1978 in Poland. Her professionally artist name is Crocheted Olek. She is living in the United States. Her works include sculptures, installations such as crocheted bicycles, inflatables, and fiber art. Her best known piece is a false apartment in which the contents, including the residents, were covered in crocheting. It was featured in various international media outlets. The work generally includes members of the public or the media, crocheted directly into the suit without traditional fasteners.

Wearable sculptures in the New York City Subway

Olek's crocheted full body clothing.
This wearable clothes has been used in various projects.

Olek collaborated director Gina Vecchione and producer Michelle Price to create a short silent film calledYARNANA. "Inspired by the silent film genre, it relies solely on powerful music, sound design and physical expression. The characters speak through modern dance, physical comedy, capoeira, martial arts, poi, belly dancing, breakdance, acrobatics, gymnastics and the instincts of soul searchers." The film won a film festival award.

"In late December 2010, Olek installed a crocheted suit over "Charging Bull" (1989), a statue on Wall Street, as a tribute to Arturo Di Modica, who installed the sculpture without permission. A park caretaker tore the suit from the statue two hours later. Olek was the 2010-2011 Workspace artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, during which she created and performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In May 2011, she won the "Sculpture In Situ" category at the second Urban Arts Awards "

 "Charging Bull

 Wrapping Washington, D.C.’s Giant Einstein Sculpture

"Olek changed materials for a joint exhibition with David E. Peterson in New York City; she used thousands of semi-inflated balloons, crocheted like yarn to create a cave-like structure inside the gallery. The artist noted her love of the ephemeral nature of the medium; the balloons often popped during the creation of the installation, and required immediate repair to prevent it unraveling entirely. The installation will gradually wither. She said that balloons represent "the happiest moments in life — which are often just as impermanent". Some visitors noted a pungent scent of latex. Olek was inspired by her time as a traveling clown for Health Plus, when she would visit poor New York neighborhoods. She had previously used balloons during her residency in Brazil."

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