We Visited Agata Olek’s Epic Crochet Apartment Exhibition

03/28/2011 8:57 AM |

Agata Olek at Christopher Henry Gallery

The last time we saw Agata Olek she’d set up a bike on Jay Street during Armory Week’s inaugural Art Brooklyn fair (it’s still there, btw). But this weekend we finally made it to her incredible installation at Christopher Henry Gallery on the Lower East Side, where she’s basically created a tiny apartment in which nearly every object and surface is draped in crochet patterns and words. You should go (it’s on view through May, if not later), but in the meantime here are some photos.

The office and wardrobe corner of Agata Oleks installation at Christopher Henry Gallery.
  • The office and wardrobe corner of Agata Olek’s installation at Christopher Henry Gallery.

A manequin (we hope) in head-to-toe knitwear on the bed.
  • A mannequin (we hope) in head-to-toe knitwear on the bed.

One of the wall-mounted knitted pannels (the walls are also covered in wallpaper-style knitting).
  • One of the wall-mounted crocheted panels (the walls are also covered in wallpaper-style crochet).

More panels knitted with dirty text messages
  • More panels crocheted with dirty text messages.

An unoccupied crocheted leotard slinking out of the knitted bathtub.
  • An unoccupied knitted leotard slinking out of the knitted bathtub.

We saw this little fella on the streets of Dumbo last year. Looking a little worse for wear.
  • Alongside the room-sized installation there’s a bunch of reclaimed street sculpture. We saw this little fella on the streets of Dumbo last year. Looking a little worse for wear.

In the stairwell up to the installation, a crocheted DVD player hooked up to a crocheted TV plays Oleks awesome Wall Street Bull sweater stunt.

This is the exhibitions title.
  • This is the exhibition’s title.

Hanging from the roof of the gallery, an Olek knitted remix (kneemix?) of a classic Banksy stencil.
  • Hanging from the roof of the gallery, an Olek crocheted remix (“recrochet”?) of a classic Banksy stencil.

And just up the block, on the south side of Broome about twenty feet west of Elizabeth, a very new, very bright crocheted bike (with child seat).
  • And just up the block, on the south side of Broome about twenty feet west of Elizabeth, a very new, very bright crocheted bike (with child seat).

She even knitted the brake cables!
  • She even crocheted the brake cables!

Knitting is for Pussies continues through May. This most recent knitted bicycle might not be around that long.
  • “Knitting is for Pussies” continues through May. This most recent crocheted bicycle might not be around that long.

(Thanks, Suz, for the knitting-crochet distinction.)

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