Some Place Like Home | ft. Olek
Some Place Like Home
OLIVIA STEELE, BOXHEAD,
MICHELLE P. DODSON
THURDSAY, OCTOBER 8TH
GRAND OPENING: 7 - 11PM
WOLF + LAMB
Rumney Guggenheim is proud to present its inaugural exhibition, Some Place Like Home. The exhibition will be on view from October 9th, 2015 to November 11, 2015 in the historic Williamsburgh Savings Bank, Brooklyn, New York
Some Place Like Home unites an international selection of site-specific works by Olek, in collaboration with Integrated Vision's Michelle P. Dodson, Swoon, Olivia Steele, Boxhead and Moral Turgeman, addressing the range of associations—from domestic bliss to bleakness—that define our experience of the home. The recontextualized works explore themes of estrangement and belonging in both public and private spaces.
Artist's Statement by Olek
My favorite (Bhutanese) proverb says: "Plum blossom is beautiful. Blossom is temporary". The question I get asked most is why I spend countless hours on something that will cease to exist. I highlight everyday objects and give them a new meaning by dressing them in crochet. With every piece I create I try to draw attention to various issues around the world, issues that are important to me.
This year I created awareness and encouraged discussion through several large scale commissions in
Hawaii, India, Chile and I also continued to hone my skills and share my art in NYC and Poland.
In recent work, I've been exploring transient and fleeting themes. The materials I choose as well as crochet, partnered with the technique I work with, manifest the concept of the ephemeral; suggesting the limited life of the art object as well as the concept. In my collaboration with Michelle P. Dodson, I decided to illustrate the idea of ephemerality through crocheted interpretation of works by artists who have influenced me most. We spent countless hours filming the creation and unraveling of crocheted elements integral to exploration of impermanence.