Guerrilla knitter to take on Sydney's laneways
Knitted bike by Magda Sayeg
Magda Sayeg, now widely recognised as the founder of the international knit graffiti movement, began by taking knitting out of the home and into the streets. All the way from Austin, Texas to participate in about the Laneway Art program as part of Art & About, Sayeg will infuse a warmth and humanity to a landscape of concrete and steel in Sydney’s very own Sussex Lane.
Sussex Lane will resonate with a vibrant hum as a result of the congeniality of Sayeg’s work. Her artwork highlights the inherent charm and character of the laneway without interfering with its intended function and history.
Not only can you check out the work of Sayeg during as part of Laneway Art until 31 January 2012, but Object are also giving you the opportunity to hear from the artist.
Join Object’s Director, Steven Pozel as he hosts a conversation with Sayeg, and they demystify art and the assumptions around this traditional craft.
Sussex Lane between Sussex Street and Kent Street Saturday 24 September 5 - 6pm Artist Talk: Magda Sayeg and Steven Pozel
The simple juxtaposition of woven material placed within an urban environment has inspired a new generation of knitters who no longer view function as the sole purpose for knitting. This new approach to knitting questions the assumptions of a traditional craft while adding a previously unused material to the world of street art. When Magda Sayeg began Knitta in 2005, it was her response to the dehumanising qualities of the urban environment in which she lived.
By inserting a handmade aesthetic into a landscape of concrete and steel, she infuses warmth and humanity that otherwise rarely exist.
Her work causes people to stop and take a moment to consider their surroundings in a new way. In a world of concrete, steel and factoryproduced items, her work is an unexpected and delightful surprise.
Urbanity (re): Engaged has been co-curated by Amanda Sharrard and Justine Topfer as part of the Laneway Art program.
Works by Magda Sayeg. Photographed by Mike Piscitelli.
By Object Gallery