You may recall an earlier post, where I wrote with astonishment about Agata Olek’s art. Well, she did it again. She does not stop. This time we visited the open studios @ the AAI– down at the Lower East Side.
It started off at the corridor, where my kids discovered 2 crocheted figures, standing and offering toasted cheese sandwiches.
crocheted people serving stringed toast
with the artist, Agata Olek
The cheese seemed to be part of the display, being melted into a long, continued piece of (cheese)yarn. Thus, my very own little guy became part of the display by accepting (more like grabbing) that toasted sandwich, curiously gazing at the crocheted people, and munching, only to find out the sandwich is connected by (cheese)yarn to the very next sandwich, and so on. After three (!) such sandwiches, I stepped in to stop it. The reports from the battle field state that the sandwiches were yummy! Also, a passerby dog was caught eating the string (cheese).
dog enjoying the crochet display
We later stepped into Olek’s studio to find more crocheted gems.
crocheted balloons !
Our magical journey continued with a musical setting, crocheted of course.
Our final surprise came as we left the building. The kids just loved the bicycle. You guessed it. It was crocheted.
For a balanced justice, I must also bring your attention to some other talented artists that I especially liked:
Elaine Carl at her studio
Linda Byrne's recycled plastics
Tutte, oil on linen, from the Self Deceit series by Jennifer Mazza
Check out Linda Griggs interesting use of Walnut Ink she produces herself:
paintings with walnut ink- Linda Griggs
Finally, a little word about the Lower East Side. Walking the streets at that part of town is fun, lots of little stores, cafes and even galleries. A very nice place to have either lunch or dinner, with the kids, was the Noodle Bar at Stanton & Orchard. Decent sized dishes at a decent price. Kids and noodles- you can’t go wrong.
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