Karelle Levy's QUICKIE COUTURE Set for Charles Bank Gallery Today, 12/16
Quickie Couture, Karelle Levy will create on the spot custom knits for men, women, kids, and pets! Starting at $20. Eric Starosielski will engage you in his Thermal Comfort Device, as seen at Barneys. Cocktails, treats, music by DJ Hannah Lacava, Saxophonist Noah Becker, and surprise guests.
Karelle fits her fabrics to the client's specifications within the hour or less. The entire process is then captured on Polaroid and added to the KREL-2-GO album. A moment captured on a personal and now rare medium. These tongue-in-cheek 'Quickies' are fun with the performance becoming a shared experience and something quite special.
The on-going documentation is now into the 3rd album. Karelle has fitted and collected the images of over 1,000 custom made on the spot pieces. This series of instant portraits are intimate vignettes of Karelle's clients, friends and fellow artists. All of who are modeling their own piece of wearable artwork ready to go.
'KREL 2 go' has 'Popped up' around the world. As Karelle takes her practice to art fairs,
Capital Cities and personal places.
Karelle brings fast and sexy fashion into the gallery space, a performance where the designer as artist, fits and knits then documents the sitter wearing the piece. An exchange takes place, be it a stranger or a dear friend a certain bond has formed.
The photographic albums are an archive of that connectivity. Row upon row of neatly arranged Polaroid images, many light faded and slightly washed out. Here we have the fleeting nature of time as our collective memory dissolves and loses luster.
This one-day event at the Charles Bank Gallery is your chance to have your own one-off piece of KREL 2 go custom made, interact with Karelle and become a part of this on-going art project.
Karelle will be making the ideal holiday gifts, from hats, scarves, arm warmers, leg warmers and snoods. Get your KREL 2 go accessories and be both the subject and object of this unique performance interactive art project.
Born in Paris, and raised in Miami, Karelle Levy is as much an artist and a designer. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in Textile Design. Karelle started a fashion line called KRELwear renowned for its one-of-a-kind, hand-loomed knit dresses and separates made with tubular knitting techniques.
Karelle Levy's Quickie Couture project has been featured at Scope Art Show (2008- 2010) in Miami, New York and Basel, Performa's Red Party, various Standard Hotels, boutiques world wide, and for the first time at Charles Bank Gallery as part of their performance series. Her awards include Miami New Times Best Fashion Designer 2005 & 2010, GenArt Fresh Face of Fashion 2004, Daily Candy's Sweetest Thing 2008.
KREL has been seen in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Women's Wear Daily, Art in America, Art Info, Metro New York, Elle, Full Frontal Fashion,Ocean Drive, Playboy en Francais, Harper's Bazaar en Espanol, Essence, Lucky, 944,The Miami Herald, Beautiful/Decay, Metropop. Celebrity clients include Nicki Minaj, Alanis Morrisette, Pink, The Do, Otto Von Schirack, Afrobeta, DJ Mandy, Damian Lazarus, among others.
Karelle Levy's installation of glowing vines and webs was seen on the Olympia Theater Stage in downtown Miami during Art Basel for the Chromatics concert.
View the album on the web at www.krel2go.blogspot.com.