Olek’s New Exhibit: “The Bad Artists Imitate, the Great Artists Steal”

Posted on: August 11th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

Olek hit the Chelsea scene big-time.  Her world-renowned crochet craft has definitely opened some new doors, including the current gig at the Jonathan Levine Gallery on West 20th Street.  Last night was the grand opening of “The Bad Artists Imitate, the Great Artists Steal,” and although the event is far afield from our usual beat, her artwork truly transcends location.  So we decided to head to the High Line and show our support.

Unlike the successful “Knitting is for Pus****” exhibit at the Christopher Henry Gallery, this installation is a tad more ambitious.  Lots of random wares received the personal touch of colorfully camouflaged garments.  Everything from an elliptical machine to boxing gloves, an hour glass, shopping carts, and even a living room set.  Not to mention the gaggle of volunteers strolling the space in the full Olek get-up.  Even the cherry picker sitting at the entrance was targeted.

Earlier this week, Olek informed us that she’d knitted Bowery Boogie a present, yet didn’t mention the exact location.  It might’ve been stashed somewhere in that room, but looking at all the similar-colored yarn was like searching for Waldo in the infamous Land of Waldos picture. Alas, we were unsuccessful in the scavenger hunt.  We think it’s hanging in the neighborhood, so if you spot it, drop a line.  In fact, drinks on us for the first person to do so!

Oh, and many thanks to Jen Doll from Runnin’ Scared for snapping this photo of the Boogie boys with Olek.  We owe you a shot of tequila.

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