To begin this adventure, I will tell you about one of my favorite current artists, Olek. If you live in NYC, then you have probably seen her work in the form of a yarn-covered bicycle (or tricycle, or shopping cart) locked up on the street somewhere. I love this lady not only because her art is smart and has a way of making the political personal (or vice versa) but also because of how obsessive she is about crochet.
Unfortunately, I missed her recent show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, but they have some pictures up of "The Bad Artists Imitate, The Good Artists Steal." My favorite piece is the Jasper Johns tribute.