1. "Suffolk Deluxe Electric Bicycle, 1" Olek & Dev Harlan

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    Title: "Suffolk Deluxe Electric Bicycle, 1" Artists: Olek & Dev Harlan Men's Road Bike, Plaster, Video Projection. Documentation of installed piece at New York Studio Gallery/LZ Project Space, LES.

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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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      • Suffolk Deluxe I, Editioned DVD Excerpt

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        30 Second excerpt of the editioned DVD companion to the "Suffolk Deluxe Electric Bicycle I" installation by Dev Harlan and Olek. Edition of 100 with two AP's. Currently vailable directly from the artists here: http://devharlan.com/doku.php/sdeb

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        • Olek Hooking 2013

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          A sizzle reel of Olek's work over the course of 2013

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          • "The End is Far", opening reception, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NYC 2013

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            "The End is Far", solo exhibition, Feb 23rd - March 23rd, 2013 a SURREEL film by Garrett Kafchinski Adam Girgenti Lauren Barber

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            • OLEK REEL 2011-2012

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              This video is a visual story documenting Olek's steps from August 2011 till the end of September 2012. This was a very long year, year of unknown. more here www.olekappeal.com --- -- Edited by Shir Lieberman www.shirlieberman.com Sound by Freakatronic www.freakatronic.com copyright Olek 2012

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              • OLEK - Crocheted Object #2 (a bicycle)

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                Public action during the opening reception of T MINUS 20 exhibition July 8th, 2010 Organized by IGNITE - Jason LeBlond and Ves Pitts and Christopher Henry Gallery, NYC. My experience of crocheting the first bicycle for ABC No Rio during my residency at AAI-LES rotating studio program has prompted further investigation into the possibilities of participatory actions between NYC and my public work. Special thanks to Edouard Steinhauer for donating the bicycle. Video by Andreas Troeger - アンドレアス

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                • 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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                  • NBC News at 5

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                    • Knitting is For Pus****

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                      Olek's first solo show with Christopher Henry Gallery, NYC September 9th - November 21st, 2010 As filmed by NHK Japan for "Takeshi Kitano Art Adventure" www.agataolek.com

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