She is Brooklyn’s No. 2 artist!
A Bushwick artist will sit naked on a toilet in front of an audience for 10 hours this weekend, in an interactive exhibition she says is intended to bring self-serious artsy types — including herself — down a notch.
The all-natural performer originally thought up the bare-bones exhibition to call out pretentiousness in the art world, but says the goal is now just to put herself out there and see what happens.
“It’s really up to the participant — I don’t want to get into a lot of art bulls--- crap talk on how people are supposed to interpret it,” said Lisa Levy, who will strip down for five-hour increments at Williamsburg’s Christopher Stout Gallery on Jan. 30 and 31. “What I’m really interested in is to put myself in front of people in a position where I’m open to them.”
While Levy lounges in her birthday suit on the porcelain throne, audience members will take turns to sit on another can across from her and stare.
The show is not, remarkably, a tribute to the famed Frank Zappa poster “Phi Zappa Krappa” — which captured the oddball musician nude on the john — but rather a tongue-in-cheek take on legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist is Present” exhibition, in which the performer sat silently staring at various patrons.
But where Abramovic donned an elegant robe for her piece, Levy says she wants to literally lay herself bare at the Meserole Street gallery to strip the experience of any seriousness.
“I’m putting myself in a position where you can’t be intimidated,” she said. “I’m putting myself in the exact opposite position that she put herself.”
The idea stems from the old nerve-combating adage that you should picture someone naked to stay cool during moments of stress, said Levy.
Of course, Levy acknowledges, some patrons could be a little unnerved sitting on a lavatory while gawking at a stranger in the buff — but that is their hang-up, not hers.
“I don’t think being naked is a big deal,” she said. “What I find funny is people think being naked is such a big deal — that amuses me.”
“The Artist is Humbly Present” at Christopher Stout Gallery [299 Meserole St. between Waterbury and Bogart streets in Williamsburg, www.chris