Thursday, January 6, 2011

Knitting Is For Pussies

Big stunts aren’t for nothing in this era of street art. Fresh off clothing the Wall St. Bull, Olek’s “Knitting is for Pussies” gets a curtain call at Christopher Henry Gallery.

The artist’s statement -

A loop after a loop. Hour after hour my madness becomes crochet. Life and art are inseparable. The movies I watch while crocheting influence my work, and my work dictates the films I select. I crochet everything that enters my space. Sometimes it’s a text message, a medical report, found objects. There is the unraveling, the ephemeral part of my work that never lets me forget about the limited life of the art object and art concept. What do I intend to reveal? You have to pull the end of the yarn and unravel the story behind the crochet.

My work changes from place to place. I studied the science of culture. With a miner’s work ethic, I long to delve deeper and deeper into my investigations. My art was a development that took me away from industrial, close-minded Silesia, Poland. It has always sought to bring color and life, energy, and surprise to the living space. My goal is to produce new work and share it with the public. I intend to take advantage of living in NYC with various neighborhoods and, with my actions, create a feedback to the economic and social reality in our community.

Look for crocheted things on the streets of Lower Manhattan to emerge with greater frequency than normal this month.

Christopher Henry Gallery 127 Elizabeth St.

*entire excerpt is from CUR. We Love You!

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