A feisty, bodacious blonde from Poland, Olek (nee Agata Oleksiak) is a self-styled “guerrilla” artist who is not at all shy in discussing her work and its intentions. From her recent press release entitled “Happy Bullish 2011“:
Thank you for supporting me in the intense 2010!
I had a very successful solo show at Christopher Henry Gallery that introduced my work to an even bigger audience and brought me tons of press! I was lucky to start the year with a residency at AAI-LES and finish it with another one at Workspace, LMCC.
It was truly a year of guerrilla actions that opened a new path in my crocheted investigations. I started it with a bike and ended up with the Charging Bull as a Christmas gift to NYC and a tribute to the sculptor of the bull, Arturo di Modica, who in another guerrilla act, placed the bull on Wall Street in Christmas of 1987 as a symbol of the “strength and power of the American people” following the 1987 Stock Market crash.
This crocheted cover represents my best wishes to all of us. It will be a great, prosperous year with many wonderful surprises!!!
In another self-generated PR effort, she discusses her current internship at LMCC and her penchant for ingesting massive quantities of movies and vodka, while “aggressively re-weaving the world as she sees fit”:
We have obviously not heard the last from her.