This weekend, New York artist Olek opened the doors to her latest exhibition, The End is Far, to a huge crowd queuing up to see what crazy crocheted concoctions would be on display at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in Chelsea. From a crocheted mermaid moving to and fro on a swing to a yarnbombed dining room with another pair of mermaids sitting with a skeleton, Olek's handiwork in this latest show is nothing short of impressive. Click through our gallery for more photos of the surrealist, psychedelic scene!
There were plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ as onlookers took in the whimsical scene created by the enigmatic artist. Several of her friends also made an appearance the event, telling us that it’s sometimes difficult to keep the artist from taking her needles and yarn to objects in their homes when they aren’t looking.
The End is Far is Olek’s second exhibition at the Jonathan Levine Gallery and features new multi-layered crocheted sculptures and panels inspired by life events such as the artist’s recent brush with the law. With the addition of finely crocheted lace doilies, metallic gold ribbon and a new approach to typography, there are themes of freedom, justice, strength and feminine power conveyed through objects such as boxing gloves, skulls, skeletons, sickles and horseshoes. An installation room containing the dining table boasts overflowing fruit bowls, wine bottles and goblets – pieces of play for Olek’s crocheted mermaid performers.
If you want to see the exhibit firsthand, head over to the Chelsea neighborhood to take it all in. The End is Far will be on display until the 23rd of March.