Nudity, nudity, nudity. There’s more of it coming your way starting on Saturday, when an art project called “I’ll Raise You One…” opens at Art in General, at 79 Walker Street in Tribeca. The project, which is the creation of artist Zefrey Throwell (who will participate himself) involves seven men and women playing strip poker. Prepare for a certain contingent of folks to get angry, because the art, and nudity, will be visible from the street, with poker games running seven and a half hours a day for a week, reports DNAinfo.
It’s not just nudity (or gambling), though, it’s art!
Throwell sees strip poker as a metaphor for the economy, with clothing symbolizing money. While skill can help, the people who show up with the least clothing are in the worst shape, and no one can control the luck of the draw.
“Wealth is unequally distributed — yet we’re all expected to play by the same rules,” Throwell said. “It’s a political and economic criticism.”
Art in General describes the work as a “continuous strip poker game performed in the public realm. At the end of each round, when the participants typically exit and private affairs begin, playing members will get dressed and begin again, creating a nonsensical repetitive pattern that continues round after round,” establishing “a world of absurdity and purposelessness, letting the casual onlooker join in a guilt-free voyeurism, while teasing out a different outlook on our personal interactions and day to day routines.”
Earlier this year Throwell was behind a project in which people stripped on Wall Street.
“I’ll Raise You One” runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until November 19. Plan your Tribeca visits wisely.
I’ll Raise You One…[Art in General]