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.

Recent Stories

47clinton-sold
Icon Realty Snaps Up 47 Clinton Street for $5M

Two weeks ago, Icon Realty Management made headlines after selling its massive holding at 50-62 Clinton Street for a record-setting $28 million. The transaction now paves the way for a new seven-story residential development. Yet while the real estate investment firm was busy closing the deal, it quietly made a purchase just across the pavement. […]

Photo: Boing Boing
First Two Volumes of Ed Piskor’s ‘Hip Hop Family Tree’ Now for Sale as Box Set

For the music heads out there who don’t already know, you absolutely must check out Ed Piskor’s fantastic “Hip Hop Family Tree” comic series. The weekly cartoons – exclusively published on Boing Boing – illustrate the birth of the art form in an easily consumable manner. If you haven’t been following, no biggie. There is […]

gaia-east-houston
Gaia Italian Cafe is Taking a Week-Long Break Starting Next Thursday

Fair warning that Gaia Italian Cafe is taking a brief recess on September 25. Eponymous owner Gaia Bagnasacco took to the company Facebook page to note that the beloved three-year-old restaurant will reopen a week later on October 2, and to thank patrons for the support. Gaia is certainly a neighborhood treasure, and fiercely protected […]

bowery-delancey-intersection-1
The DOT Not Seeing the Light with Traffic Signals at Bowery and Delancey

The city spent loads of taxpayer dollars the last few years trying to remedy the traffic situation at the intersection of Bowery and Delancey/Kenmare. Road crews keep digging up pavement, repainting the lanes, and beautifying the medians. To no avail. The bigger issue continually shrugged aside is fixing the sequence timing of the signals here. […]

preserve24-eviction
Serge Hoyda Successful in Evicting Preserve 24; Per Se Vet Dropped from Lawsuit

Last Friday, epic failure Preserve 24 (aka Aegis Holding Houston LLC) was officially evicted from 177 East Houston by court order. It has been closed and dormant since late June, and will not reopen under new management as one sign proclaims. The papers served by landlord Serge Hoyda are now taped to the front door. […]

  • http://esquared.tumblr.com/ esquared

    i’d been more excited meeting jen doll…

  • http://esquared.tumblr.com/ esquared

    i’d been more excited meeting jen doll…

  • http://esquared.tumblr.com/ esquared

    i’d been more excited meeting jen doll…

  • Pingback: Street Art: Urban Knitter Leaves Yarn Cart Offering On Our Doorstep - The Broker Buddy

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BJF4PCSJKXIG4JAIHWQCW64DQU soothsayer

    what happened to the walkman knit suit?  did she ever get it back?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BJF4PCSJKXIG4JAIHWQCW64DQU soothsayer

    what happened to the walkman knit suit?  did she ever get it back?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BJF4PCSJKXIG4JAIHWQCW64DQU soothsayer

    what happened to the walkman knit suit?  did she ever get it back?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BJF4PCSJKXIG4JAIHWQCW64DQU soothsayer

    what happened to the walkman knit suit?  did she ever get it back?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BJF4PCSJKXIG4JAIHWQCW64DQU soothsayer

    what happened to the walkman knit suit?  did she ever get it back?

  • http://twitter.com/thisisjendoll Jen Doll

    yes you do.

    • Dave Gustav

      done. our people will talk to your people.