Olek is Artist Behind Lower East Side Yarn Bike

Posted on: May 25th, 2010 at 6:12 am by

Many thanks to Boogie reader Cathyann for pointing out the identity of the artist behind the lovable yarn bike, which has had a residency in the Lower East Side for some time now.  Olek is her name; mystery solved.

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Olek is a Polish transplant with a base of operations in Brooklyn. As evidenced by the yarn bike, her artwork is all about crocheting intricate patterns around random objects, or even people or food.  She is one of four artists-in-residence currently participating in the seasonal Rotating Studio program at the Artists Alliance, located inside the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center at 107 Suffolk Street.

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[Photo Credit: Olek]

In Olek’s own words:

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. It’s also a literal extension of the body, a sort of second skin that can be stretched and reshaped by the body inner workings as it shapes or distorts that body. I can’t really speak to what I want to reveal—to know that, you’d have to find the end of the string and unravel it.

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