Olek and Yoko Ono Turn Me Into Art

Posted by The G on September 25, 2010 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art, The G Spot | 6 Comments to Read

Photos by various artists.

G in a body suit crocheted by artist Olek.

On September 25, 2010, artist Olek provided me with one of the most interesting experiences I’ve ever had.  Yes, for those that read this site daily and see all the amazing things I am fortunate enough to take part in, that sounds unbelievable, but as you read on I will fill you in on some of the things I witnessed today.

10 days ago I checked out Olek’s really awesome exhibit “Knitting is for Pus****” at the Christopher Henry Gallery, which is still showing until October 17, 2010 and should not be missed, by the way.  I met Olek at the gallery and I had commented on how cool I thought the video installations are (that are being shown on the second level of the gallery) of people wearing bodysuits crocheted from head to toe that she designed and made.  She told me she’d let me know when the next performance would be and a few days later, she sent me the details:  performance to be held at the Brooklyn Art Fair.  I didn’t ask any questions and showed up at the agreed place and time.

Myself and 5 other performers were told the following:

– We had to leave our clothes (except underwear and shoes) and belongings behind [to be retrieved after the performance was over]

– We would be performing a piece from Yoko Ono’s book “Grapefruit” whereby we’d stand in various locations near the art fair – expressionless, with no talking.  We are allowed to communicate only by shaking hands (through a canvas) with anyone who came into contact with us.

– The performance would last for 4 hours.

Drill a hole in a canvas and put your hand out from behind. Receive your guests in that position. Shake hands and converse with hands. from "Grapefruit" by Yoko Ono.

Olek crocheted our heads on (literally) and off we went.

Artist Olek crochets the head onto a performer.

After the jump, read my reflections of this performance.

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