Agata Olek / Dumbo Arts Center: Art Under the Bridge Festival 2009 / 20090926.10D.54812.P1.C23.BW / SML

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Agata Olek / Dumbo Arts Center: Art Under the Bridge Festival 2009 / 20090926.10D.54812.P1.C23.BW / SML
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Agata Olek (Flickr). Photographed during my interview with her regarding her 100% Acrylic Art Guards public installation during the annual Art Under the Bridge Festival in 2009.

Her wonderfully inspiring portfolio is available at She also has a blog at

See also Agata Olek talks about her 100% Acrylic Art Guards (Flickr 720p HD video)

Agata Olek Biography. The SPLAT! of colors hits you in the face, often clashing so ostentatiously that it instantly tunes you into the presence of severely cheeky humor. A moment later the fatigue of labor creeps into your fingers as a coal miner’s work ethic becomes apparent. Hundreds of miles of crocheted, weaved, and often recycled materials are the fabric from which the wild and occasionally wearable structures of her fantasylands are born.

Olek was born Agata Oleksiak in Poland and graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland with a degree in cultural studies. In New York, she rediscovered her ability to crochet and since then she has started her crocheted journey/madness.

Resume sniffers may be pleased to know Olek’s work has been presented in galleries from Brooklyn to Istanbul to Venice and Brazil, featured in "The New York Times", "Fiberarts Magazine", "The Village Voice", and "Washington Post" and drags a tail of dance performance sets and costumes too numerous to mention.

Olek received the Ruth Mellon Award for Sculpture, was selected for 2005 residency program at Sculpture Space, 2009 residency in Instituto Sacatar in Brazil, and is a winner of apex art gallery commercial competition. Olek was an artist in an independent collective exhibition, "Waterways," during the 49th Venice Biennale. She was also a featured artist in "Two Continents Beyond," at the 9th International Istanbul Biennale.

Olek herself however can be found in her Greenpoint studio with a bottle of spiced Polish vodka and a hand rolled cigarette aggressively re-weaving the world as she sees.

13th annual D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival® (Sept 25 to Sept 27, 2009)

The three-day multi-site neighborhood-wide event is a one-of-a-kind art happening: where serendipity meets the haphazard and where the unpredictable, spontaneous and downright weird thrive. The now teenage D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival® presents touchable, accessible, and interactive art, on a scale that makes it the nation’s largest urban forum for experimental art.

Art Under the Bridge is an opportunity for young artists to use any medium imaginable to create temporary projects on-the-spot everywhere and anywhere, completely transforming the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, New York, into a vibrant platform for self-expression. In addition to the 80+ projects throughout the historical post-industrial waterfront span, visitors can tour local artists’ studios or check out the indoor video_dumbo, a non-stop program of cutting-edge video art from New York City and around the world.

The Dumbo Arts Center (DAC) has been the exclusive producer of the D.U.M.B.O Art Under the Bridge Festival® since 1997. DAC is a big impact, small non-profit, that in addition to its year-round gallery exhibitions, is committed to preserving Dumbo as a site in New York City where emerging visual artists can experiment in the public domain, while having unprecedented freedom and access to normally off-limit locations.

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KeL, Outside The Box, 2013-07-16, Credit:Afonso
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Outside The Box Arts Festival
(617) 488-2866

Boston Common, City Hall Plaza, Beacon St., Boston, MA 02116

A ground-breaking, nine-day performing arts festival, featuring music, dance, theater, and culinary arts, Outside the Box debuts from July 13-21 this summer on the Boston Common and City Hall Plaza. The festival engages and encourages the residents and visitors of Massachusetts to explore, discover and participate in the arts. For 10 hours every day Outside the Box presents music, drama, dance, and culinary creations from our city, our nation and around the world. Performers from six continents and over 80 countries perform in the Festival. There is a diverse program of over 200 events involving close to 1,000 artists performing in total. All outdoor performances are free and open to the public.


KeL is a colorful-sounding band, combining jazz piano, rock solos, fresh pop grooves, and hints of smooth Brazilian melodies.

Kel do Nascimento was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. Very early in her childhood, she showed an interest in the arts, specifically theater, dance, and music. She finally decided to take vocal lessons in 2008 and got accepted at Souza Lima Conservatory in 2009, where she dove into music studies for three years before transferring credits to Berklee College of Music. While in Brazil, she toured the country as the background and lead vocalist for a few bands, released a single on the radio, and played weekly in nightclubs with her trio. She came to Berklee in the fall of 2011 and has been performing, songwriting, and producing her own music project, KeL, as well as expanding her network and opportunities.


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