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Shop window strip for poker performance piece

14/11/2011
A New York artist has created a performance piece featuring a collection of strip poker players.

Zefrey Throwell’s work, I’ll Raise You One, sees a group of 48 participants play in rotation in a Manhattan shop window, with seven players competing at any one time.

The installation, which is on display at the Art In General Gallery until 19 November, has so far attracted a constant flow of interested onlookers.

Some players take part wearing everyday amounts of clothing, while others have taken to protecting themselves with multiple layers.

“I asked people to come in clothes and play strip poker but I didn't specify how many layers they were to wear,” said Throwell, who is known for his nude performance pieces.

“Some people came looking like the Michelin man and some people in t-shirt and jeans. But everyone is expected to play by the same rules even though it's unfair how much you start with.”
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