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“Kiss Me, I Crochet” Opens in Humanities Gallery of Brooklyn Campus

Exhibition On View Until December 9 in the Humanities Gallery

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Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1014

Brooklyn, N.Y.—“Kiss Me, I Crochet,” a site-specific installation of 13,000 crocheted latex balloons by the visual artist Olek, opens Nov. 11 in the Humanities Gallery of Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, and will remain on view until Dec. 9, 2010.

The delicate, ephemeral and hand-made components of “Kiss Me, I Crochet” provide an engaging and effective antidote to the permanent, industrial qualities of traditional sculpture. The artist’s goal is “to bring color and life, energy and surprise to the living space.”

The exhibition is a fresh and unpredictable work that will change continuously throughout the duration of the exhibition.

The glass-enclosed Humanities Gallery at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University is located on Flatbush Avenue between Dekalb and Willoughby Street. The Humanities Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and weekends by appointment. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Born and educated in Poland, Olek has received critical acclaim for her crocheted body suits, wall pieces and for the installation/performance aspect of her work. She is the winner of the Apex Art Gallery Commercial Competition, which aired on PBS and the 2004 recipient of the Ruth Mellon Award for Sculpture. Last Spring, Olek received a commission by the Brooklyn Museum for a one-day community-based action project in which she crocheted a new wearable sculpture out of viewers’ recycled clothes.

“My use of crochet has no relation to the world of craft. Rather, it is used as an alternative to other artistic mediums such as oil or acrylic on canvas,” Olek says. “Its use can be interpreted as a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of the body, its systems and psychology, and, in a broader sense, it can represent humanity itself.

“You have to pull the end of the yarn and unravel the story behind the crochet…Life and art are inseparable.“

For further information, please call Nancy Grove, gallery director, at (718) 488-1198 or visit www.liu.edu/brooklyn/galleries. For media inquiries, contact Fatima Kafele at (718) 488-1014.

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Posted 11/09/2010

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