During Miami’s Art Basel (December 6-10), Los Angeles-based Corey Helford Gallery is presenting new works by world-renowned artist OLEK, as part of the Juxtapoz Clubhouse (organized by Juxtapoz Magazine and Mana Urban Arts Project) being hosted at the Historic Wallgreen’s Building in downtown Miami.
Born in Poland and currently based in New York, OLEK has spent the last decade showing her unconventional crocheted works in the form of street art, performance art and now in museums and galleries worldwide. Her eccentric brand of art is fun, playful and interactive. Her new series for Corey Helford Gallery, entitled “Playpen,” imbues a childlike quality into every piece, with objects made entirely of crocheted colorful yarn that combine the traditional women’s craft of crochet with humor and a feminist attitude.
“My installations are and have always been expressions of my responses to immediate surroundings, information, images, events in the news, emotions, words, lovers. These responses are what start the conversations that flow through my, and every individual’s, unconsciousness.”
“Playpen” is a witty and flirtatious series featuring three new sculptures and an impressive 20-foot installation of an 8-legged “Spider Woman,” adorned with motifs like eyes, lips, hearts and flowers. Her sculptures represent various fantasy objects — a “Cat Snail” playset, a classical-shaped “Woman Bust” and potted “Cock Plant” — all of which come to life under the glow of black light. Initially inspired by her own play experience as a young girl, OLEK uses this series to explore concepts of womanhood, sexuality, and feminist ideals.