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It was suggested to SML that SML has a very colorful life. But the reality is not that SML’s life is colorful, it is that life is beautiful and SML is lucky to have met many crazy people in his life. Olek is an artist that SML originally met in New York, but SML met her again in 2012 when she did her crazy crochet art installation in Hong Kong.
1. SML met Olek originally in New York during the DUMBO Art Festival in 2009.
100% Acrylic Art Guards by Olek / Dumbo Arts Center: Art Under the Bridge Festival 2009 / SML.20090926.10D.54531.P1.L1.
2. Then Olek asked SML to photograph her performance art installation which takes place on the New York Subway with Art In Odd Places.
Thank You for Your Visit, Have a Nice Day (Wearable Sculpture) by Olek / Art in Odd Places 2009: SIGN, New York City / SML.20091010.10D.55163.P1.L1.SQ.
3. The performance continues from the subway to the streets of New York in Union Square.
Thank You for Your Visit, Have a Nice Day (Wearable Sculpture) by Olek / Art in Odd Places 2009: SIGN, New York City / SML.20091010.10D.55207.P1.L1.
4. Then SML moved to Hong Kong in 2012 and out of the blue Olek emailed asking to see if SML would meet her up at Hyatt Regency.
SML + Olek in Hong Kong / SML.20121027.IP3.
5. Not entirely sure where to hang out in the middle of the night, SML + Olek went to Tsui Wah Restaurant in TST.
Olek in Hong Kong / SML.20121026.IPH5.00690.BW.IR.C1.
6. It turns out that Olek is in Hong Kong because Elements, a shopping mall in Hong Kong, has invited her to do a gigantic crochet art installation for the winter holiday seasons.
“Happiness is an inside job” by Olek / pano-003-SML.20121218.7D.19808-SML.20121218.7D.19821.
7. To promote that installation, The PR firm did a run of Olek species around town in Central and Sheung Wan.
Olek at tram station in Hong Kong / SML.20121101.IPH5.
8. In a very WTF moment during the media event for the installation, Olek decided to pet her crocheted guest in a way that only Olek knew how.
Olek + Crocheted “Pet” / SML.20121109.7D.15996.
9. Even though there were multiple jobs on the way, Olek still tries to work on a personal project in time for the election; so SML went to Hyatt Regency again at 3am one night and prep for a photoshoot.
Olek “Art Porn” photoshoot in progress / SML.20121106.IPH5.
10. Unhappy that the sheets were all wrinkled, we called room service at 4am to change the sheets, then Olek ironed out the sheets playing the role of a Polish maid she once had to endure before she became an icon that she is today.
An “an0n maid” prepped the “canvas” for @oleknyc earlier tonight; SML importing RAW @smluniverse now so drinking Red Bull “donated” by Olek + chain-smoking + tweeting to stay awake 🙂 / SML.20121106.IPH5.
11. That same day, SML finished the photoshoot at 6am, ran back to SML Universe at 6am, processed 250 RAW photos inside Lightroom, placed everything inside Premiere Pro, wrote an original soundtrack inside Ableton Live, then simulcasted to all known social network sites known to mankind by 12noon (that’s 9 hours from photo shoot to delivery).
Olek: You can’t fool (1080p HD edit) / US Presidential Election: 2012-11-06 / SML.
Crazyisgood? Yes indeed.
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