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 Olek's installation at Christopher Henry Gallery.
- A mannequin (we hope) in head-to-toe knitwear on the bed.
- One of the wall-mounted crocheted panels (the walls are also covered in wallpaper-style crochet).
- More panels crocheted with dirty text messages.
- An unoccupied knitted leotard slinking out of the knitted bathtub.
- 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.
- This is the exhibition's title.
- 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 crocheted the brake cables!
- "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.)