From Christo and Jeanne Claude to Olek to Donald Edwards

Wrapped art, an enthralling spectacle that transforms the mundane into the magical, immediately brings to mind the pioneering vision of Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

When I think of wrapped art, I immediately think of the artists Christo And Jeanne-Claude. -Munchies Art Club Magazine

This duo redefined the boundaries of contemporary art, enveloping landscapes, buildings, and everyday objects in fabric, thereby challenging our perceptions of space, material, and form.

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Wrapped Artist and there work on Munchies Art Club Magazine with Christo and Jeanne-Claude | L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, 1961-2021 | Photo: Benjamin Loyseau ©2021 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation

Their work, transcending mere visual appeal, invites us on a journey to rediscover the world around us, cloaked in mystery and wonder. As we delve deeper into the realm of wrapped art, it's the artists' daring to dream and their ability to actualize those dreams that captivates and inspires.

Who is Christo and Jeanne-Claude?

Christo and Jeanne-Claude were a collaborative artist duo known for their large-scale environmental installations, often involving the wrapping of buildings, landmarks, and natural elements in fabric.

Born on the same day, June 13, 1935, Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in Bulgaria and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon in Morocco, they became iconic figures in contemporary art.

Their work transcended traditional boundaries of painting, sculpture, and architecture, creating new, immersive experiences that captivated audiences worldwide. Notable projects include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin, the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, and 'The Gates' in New York City's Central Park.

Their art, characterized by its temporary nature, explored themes of beauty, environmentalism, and freedom, leaving an indelible mark on the art world. Christo passed away in 2020, but their legacy endures through their transformative works and the foundation they established.

Let's unwrap the layers of this extraordinary art movement, exploring its roots, its evolution, and the visionary artists who weave these ephemeral dreams into the fabric of reality.

This introduction sets the tone for an in-depth exploration of wrapped art and its artists, positioning Christo and Jeanne-Claude not only as the movement's pioneers but also as visionaries who invite the audience to see the world through a new lens

Christo and Jeanne Claude working on the side specific wrapping during the build up L'Arc de Triomphe in Paris France
Wrapped in Contemporary Art: Side Specific Art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude work in progress -> Ropes are being installed to secure and contour the fabric on the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, September 13, 2021 | Photo: Lubri ©2021 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation

Currently on view an all over Social Media and especially Instagram is the breathtaking wrapped Arc de Triomphe, we have all seen it, images in the media, on TV, or maybe even lucky enough to stand before this magnificent manifest designed by the artist couple.

The excitement of something wrapped deeply entwined with our feelings of expectation, the mystery, the question, finding in the hidden form clues to what may lie inside. 

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Highlights of Christo and Jeanne-Claude Side Specific contemporary Art | L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, 1961-2021 | Photo: Wolfgang Volz 2021 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation

Just watching the glee in the eyes of someone unwrapping a gift, feeling this emotion together on different levels - it’s a wonderful thing.

It’s mesmerizing, incredibly unreal this version of the arc, so familiar and yet so different packed away under this silvery blueish glowing fabric. 

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Wrapping Artist in Contemporary Art Spotlight: Christo and Jeanne-Claude | Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95 | Photo: Wolfgang Volz 1995 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation

I went online and rediscovered previous works of Christo And Jeanne-Claude, recalling the magic of these unbelievable achievements, all breathtaking.

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Wrapping the Environment: Artworks by Christo and Jeanne-Claude | Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997-98 | Photo: Wolfgang Volz 1998 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation

Then I moved on to my favorite platform Instagram, using the # wrapped, and was instantly submerged once again into a sea of Christo and Jeanne-Claudes works. 

Expanding the Horizon: New Perspectives in Environmental Wrappings and Textile Sculptures Artist OLEK and Donald Edwards

While Christo and Jeanne-Claude pioneered the transformative art of wrapping on a monumental scale, the narrative of this unique artistic expression does not end with them.

Two contemporary artists, OLEK, born Agata Oleksiak, and Donald Edwards, have taken the baton, pushing the boundaries of environmental wrappings and textile sculptures into new, thought-provoking directions.

The Side specific and Environmental Wrappings by Artist Olek

olek and team working on a side specific wrapping a train in knits as an environmental side specific intervention
Side specific Wrapping by Olek and her assistants | Yarn bombing | Olek crochets an entire four car train in Lodz, Poland | 2013 | Photo: Slawek Fijalkowski

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Olek (Agata Oleksiak) online for more insights and projects

Who is Olek (Agata Oleksiak) ?

OLEK, born Agata Oleksiak in 1978 in Poland, is a New York-based artist renowned for her use of crocheting as a medium to create striking, colorful art installations that encompass a range of objects, environments, and live performances.

Her work transforms everyday scenes and objects into vibrant expressions of social and political commentary, often infused with humor and pathos. OLEK's art transcends traditional boundaries of craft and sculpture, challenging viewers to reconsider the spaces and norms around them.

Notable for her ambitious projects, she has covered objects and landmarks worldwide with her distinctive crochet, from bicycles in Poland to the Charging Bull in New York City, highlighting themes of femininity, empowerment, and the interconnectedness of communities.

OLEK's contributions to both the art world and the realm of public intervention have earned her international acclaim, positioning her as a pivotal figure in contemporary art and activism.

OLEK, with her vibrant crochet installations, redefines public spaces and objects, infusing them with a powerful socio-political commentary that challenges and engages onlookers.

"I Was Sometimes Called Crochet Christo!" -Olek

Her work, often categorized under environmental wrappings and site-specific installations, weaves together community, identity, and activism, transforming the mundane into the extraordinary through the lens of her distinctive crochet art.

Olek acclaimed fame for her yarn bombing interventions in public spaces. 

„The Banana Sculpture Concluded The Period Of The Ready-Mades. The Wrapped L’arc The Triumph In Its Own Spectacular Way Finalized The Long Run Of Interacting With Public Monuments. Art’s Consciousnesses Elevated Itself To A New Dimension. Are You Awake To Join Us There? „ - Olek

Olek ( Agata Oleksiak) On Instagram.

Donald Edwards with Textile Sculpture and there transformative aspects by wrapping the pieces

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Wrapping Sculptures by Donald Edwards Hello Kitty | Image Courtesy by the Artist

On the other hand, Donald Edwards explores the realm of textile sculptures with a transformative wrapping concept, where the tactile and the visual merge to create immersive experiences.

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Transformative Wrapping by Donald Edwards entitled Smurf | Image Courtesy by the Artist

Who is Donald Edwards?

Donald Edwards is a contemporary artist celebrated for his textile sculptures and transformative wrapping art.

Integrating traditional craft with modern art, his work challenges perceptions of form and texture.

Edwards explores themes like memory and transformation, creating pieces that invite viewers to ponder the stories hidden beneath the textiles.

Edwards' work delves into the interplay between materiality and form, inviting viewers to question and interpret the wrapped objects' hidden stories and meanings.

"Using Things That Would Have Been Trash If I Did Not Give Them Another Life" - Donald Edwards

Through his innovative use of textiles, Edwards contributes to the dialogue initiated by earlier artists, expanding the concept of wrapping art beyond its original confines.

As we explore the works of OLEK and Donald Edwards, we delve into how their creative endeavors reflect and diverge from the path laid by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, highlighting the evolution of wrapping as an art form and its enduring impact on contemporary art and society.

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