1. Olek for POW! WOW! Hawaii 2015


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    Supported by Anthropologie, Olek created an environmentally and culturally relevant crochet installation for POW! WOW! Hawaii 2015. The crocheted canoe is housed on the front lawn of the Honolulu Art Museum and speaks of marine life while connecting traditional crochet techniques and Hawaiian canoeing. Directed by Jonas Maon.

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    • Olek Wichman - Short oppo clips 2014


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      Trochę starych akcji z początku 2014 roku. Song : Eazy E

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      • Olek visit's Ron English's studio


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        Olek crochet's a dinosaur for Ron English at his studio in Beacon, NY

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        • TMTF


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          Club Monaco partnered with advisor Jeffrey Deitch to present the crochet artwork of OLEK in an exclusive installation titled Endless Outburst This one-of-a-kind window display utilizes 250 pieces of Club Monaco clothing, which OLEK cut and crocheted, transforming vintage mannequins, a Victorian chaise lounge and chandelier forms into an enchanting sculptural installation. The artist continues her exploration of the fashion industry in Endless Outburst, by recycling clothing and samples from past and present Club Monaco collections — even the labels and the plastic bags the clothes were shipped in — OLEK speaks about the beauty of creating with one’s hands. The artist’s signature brightly colored work is featured in The Future of Fashion Is Now, the current exhibition at the Museum Bojimans Van Beuningen, Netherlands that addresses the fashion system and the role of clothing in today’s society. The installation for Club Monaco includes a short film by documentary filmmaker Helgi Felixson that shows the artist’s process. OLEK (b.1978, Poland) explores sexuality, feminist ideals and the evolution of communication through colors, conceptual exploration and meticulous detail. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and public spaces around the world, and in numerous publications and media including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Artforum, TimeOut New York, TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, ARTINFO, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, Village Voice, CNN, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News. This message and any attached documents contain information which may be confidential, subject to privilege or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. These materials are intended only for the use of the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient of this transmission you are hereby notified that any distribution, disclosure, printing, copying, storage, modification or the taking of any action in reliance upon this transmission is strictly prohibited. Delivery of this message to any person other than the intended recipient shall not compromise or waive such confidentiality, privilege or exemption from disclosure as to this communication. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately notify the sender and delete the message from your system.

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          • VANTAGE POINT 024 - OLEK


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            To hear the full interview, visit http://vantagepointradio.com/?portfolio_cpt=episode-24-olek Her story plays out like a hollywood film… strong, independent thinking young girl grows up in suppressive socialist Poland only to find herself rebelling agains everything around her. She eventually scraps together enough money and guts to buy a one way ticket to New York City where she arrives with hardly more than a few dollars in her pocket and a "Failure is not an option" attitude. A handful of really smart decisions and a few years later Olek is one of the most sought after Urban Contemporary artists in the hi-end gallery circuit and without a doubt the coolest thing to happen to the crochet world in… well… ever. As a young girl in Poland, Olek learned how to crochet in school (the process of creating fabric from yarn using a crochet hook). This skill came back to her as an adult in her work as a costume designer/maker and then again as she left the world of costumes to pursue an independent career in the fine arts. Her street interventions and "transformations" have caught the attention of the street art community while her impressive and provocative gallery installations keep her in high demand with collectors and gallerists. The only thing more bold and colorful that her work is her personality and it was an extreme pleasure to sit down with Olek for this interview on VantagePoint.

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            • URBAN NATION Project M6


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              Agency: Plantage Production company: Talking Projekts Camera: Christian Fussenegger, Roddy Ziebell, Edit: Roddy Ziebell Music: "Wo bleibt die Euphorie" by Trümmer

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              • The Future of Fashion is Now - Olek


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                Designer Olek (Agata Oleksiak) was born in Poland and set up her activist studio Olek in New York. She uses crochet to cover people and objects. Because she simultaneously hides and emphasises things with her crochet work, the viewer is made aware of the place these things occupy in the here-and-now. Olek questions our everyday reality and suggests an alternative reality. Her colourful work occupies an area between protest and optimism. "I proposed to create a life-sized, fully-crocheted skeleton that is an expression of my exploration of human identity and provides a commentary on the materiality of the human body and its interaction with fashion and design. [...] Fashion and design often highlight the most flattering aspects of the human form while hiding those aspects or features seen by many as less desirable. By crocheting a complete, to-scale skeleton, I highlight the human body's most primal contours and elements. The skeleton turns the spotlight on what lies beneath the clothing while still shaping it." Olek's work can be seen at the exhibition: The Future of Fashion is Now Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen until January 15, 2015 Credits A film by: Kuba Szutkowski and René Hazekamp Concept: Rianne Schoonderbeek Camera assistent: Gino Ragueb Subtitling: Einion Media

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                • Olek Time Bomb


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                  In this latest journey, I focused on making a powerful statement on my own. I knew about Jason DeCaires Taylor’s underwater sculptures, and I had been thinking about them for a couple of years. I also knew, I needed to wait for the right moment to do something with his work and make a statement. I dove in a few locations where the sculptures were located, in search of a piece that had no coral growth on it, and that’s when I found the piece he titled “Time Bomb.” I thought it was both surprising that there had been no coral growing on it, but that it was serendipitously the perfect sculpture to illustrate my own statement, which was essentially to reiterate Taylor's message through my work: “The state of our oceans is a ticking time bomb and we need to act now if we wish to save our seas.” After tireless days, of diving, crocheting underwater with natural fibers and fighting the currents to get this done, I succeeded in transforming Taylor’s “Time Bomb.” I don’t expect everyone to be a vegetarian, but I do expect people to support a conscious way of living. For example, we can start by stopping the consumption of plastic water bottles—use a reusable water bottle; I’ve been doing it in an attempt to make a small difference. During the opening of Jeff Koons’ retrospective at the Whitney Museum, I had my water bottle in tow, and I remember going to the bar to get it refilled and surprised the bartenders. They understood and supported why I was doing it, instead of wasting yet another plastic cup. If you eat fish, ask where the fish is coming from and how it was caught. There are many destructive fishing practices like long-lining, bottom-trawling, cyanide and dynamite fishing that take place and people remain unaware of it. Asking about the source and fishing method of your fish is a small step, but one that forces us to change the way we currently obtain our seafood. Remember, we have bigger fish to save. Because of the nature of my work, there is often a divided reaction to it. Some people love it and understand, and others, not so much. The goal however, regardless of whether people appreciate it or not, is to ignite thought in those who engage with it. And with that, to encourage people to act on their own and make a difference toward a more sustainable future. Thank you for your continued support!

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                  • "summer times"curated by Miss Van - Antena3 TV


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                    Breve reseña de la exposición "summer times" comisariada por la artista Miss Van en el programa cultural de Antena3 TV Artistas: Boris Hoppek, Ciro, Daniel Muñoz/San, Kafre, Landry A, Lina V Persson, Lolo&Sosaku, Mike Swaney, Nano 4814, Miss Van, Okuda, Olek, Sixe y Socatoba. Brief information about the collective exhibition "summer times" curated by Miss Van in Antena3 TV Artists: Boris Hoppek, Ciro, Daniel Muñoz/San, Kafre, Landry A, Lina V Persson, Lolo&Sosaku, Mike Swaney, Nano 4814, Miss Van, Okuda, Olek, Sixe y Socatoba.

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                    • 7 Days - Borseto (Olek)


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                      Official TV Spot Directed by Mitja Okorn

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