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All over New York City, art is everywhere. From the star-spangled ceiling of Grand Central to the mosaic tile under the street sign at the corner of Spring and Elizabeth, art is the thread from which New York is woven. But for women in the arts, it remains difficult to gain the visibility of a Times Square billboard. That’s why, in 2006, the artist Alice Mizrachi founded Younity Collective, a 120-woman strong network of urban artists who put together shows, ... Read More
When I went on a class trip to Dumbo back in 2009 and saw the work of "yarn bomber" Olek (at the time unknown to me), I didn't think that the strange art--people in crocheted body suits-- would become the subject of much talk today. The crafty vandal is popping up all over the city (not to mention, the world!) with her colorful works of art that's stitched around everything from bikes and cars to people to the Wall Street bull!What's gotten her name on the ... Read More
 If you missed her most recent installation (click for our post) at Christopher Henry Gallery, fear not - Agata Oleksiak AKA Olek is coming back this June to the streets of New York.  Inspired by Yoko Ono's 1964 book of 'instructions', Olek combines her impeccable crochet skills with performance art in Crocheted Grapefruit, a participatory piece that aims to engage the public and encourage human interaction.  In Olek’s own words, "For the ... Read More
In her current installation Knitting Is for Pus****, Polish artist Agata Oleksiak, (Olek) has taken craft to a new level. Previously having merely covered people, bikes, and cars, she has now covered an entire apartment with her intricately looped yarn and left no surface untouched by her crocheted creations. Much of the furniture featured is from Olek's own apartment, including her bed, which she apparently misses so much that she occasionally sleeps in ... Read More
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