Crochet/street artist Olek threads messages of hope across the globe.
Noted as one of Huffington Post’s “Ten Women Street Artist Who Are Better Than Bansky, Olek raises awareness of injustice through dramatically brilliant hues of yarn. Her latest piece, Good News, on view as part of Virginia MOCA’s newest exhibition, Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose, is an enormous tour de force by the artist to project some positive headlines. A 26-foot wide crocheted mural drapes over an outside wall at MOCA, reflecting a gigantic future cover of the New York Times (April 20, 2020 to be exact–which also happens to be Earth Day).
The articles, which are completely legible, speak about globally banned plastic bags, reforestation on the rise and the lead story; “More Underwater Parks Than on Land.”
“Can you imagine a day that only had good news?” said Olek about her latest creation. “I dream that someday there will be at least one day a year with only good news to share. Every paper, TV and radio station will publish only positive news. This grand desire served as inspiration for this piece. 575,000 crocheted loops of only good news that I hope one day will become real.”
Come meet and hear one of the most profound and passionate artists of our time tomorrow night at MOCA starting at 6:30pm. Olek will discuss her process and share a never before seen video of her latest endeavor.