Doors: 11am – 7pm
@ Tony’s Galllery
68 Sclater st
London, E1 6HR
Tube: Shoreditch Hight St
Tony’s Gallery is exhibiting the debut UK solo exhibition by Polish-born, New York-based artist Olek; entitled: “I do not expect to be a mother but I do expect to die alone”.
Renowned for her use of crocheted yarn as a medium both indoors and on the street, the artist has created a major installation and sculptural environment: a distinctive Olek-esque living room filled with domestic objects of all kinds. These, along with the gallery walls and floor, have been entirely covered in crochet.
For this exhibition, Olek has drawn inspiration from her experiences of living in the UK over the past few months and assimilating into British culture, as reflected in recent works such as her crocheted London black cab, a piece produced outside of Tony’s in November. The show’s title is a direct quote from ‘I do not expect’, an appliquéd blanket produced by Tracey Emin in 2002.
Olek was recently listed in the Artinfo article ‘See the Women Who Shook Up the Art World in 2011’ alongside Anita Zabludowicz, Marina Abramovic and Mera Rubell and has also been listed in “The 25 most important artists of 2011”.
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