Put Piece

<i>Put Piece</i>, 2009, still from performance video, duration variable.
<i>Put Piece</i>, 2009, still from performance video, duration variable.
<i>Put Piece</i>, 2009, still from performance video, duration variable.

In her landmark performance, Cut Piece, Yoko Ono sat still on a stage while those in attendance cut away her clothing with a pair of scissors. Put Piece is in many ways the opposite of Cut Piece. Whereas Cut Piece took away clothing in a detached, destructive process with strangers in a public institution, Put Piece happens in my home with my wife and a good friend affixing, rather than revealing, my nakedness. The slow process produces a paradoxically guarded intimacy, an armoured nakedness.