Olek Exhibit Revived at Christopher Henry Gallery

Posted on: January 5th, 2011 at 9:28 am by

Olek overwhelmingly won the hearts and minds of the Lower East Side last year with her unique crochet covers. 2010 began with a window installation at ABC No Rio and a curiously-placed yarn bike just outside the Rivington venue. The bike then followed the Polish-born street artist to Essex Street in July, a marketing move meant to publicize her exhibit at Cuchifritos.  And to cap it all off, the year ended with a most ambitious project of outfitting the Wall Street Bull in a colorful new sweater. But that piece was removed by the “bull keeper” within two hours.

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[September 2010]

Subsequent attention from earlier projects and the Cuchifritos gig led to a showcase at the Christopher Henry Gallery at 127 Elizabeth Street in the fall.  “Knitting is for Pus****” became so popular, that the show was extended through November.  And now, due to overwhelming public demand, it’s set to return yet again.

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[October 2010]

We spoke with Olek earlier this week and learned that the exhibit jumpstarts today (January 5). In the run-up to the revival, the artist told us that a substantial portion of her trademark panels from the gallery were used on the bull and consequently destroyed.  So last week was apparently spent crocheting at a clip with “tired hands.”

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[December 2010]

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