Celebrate Voyeurism at The Hole Gallery
I very much fell in love with Vanessa Prager‘s show “Voyeur” at The Hole gallery last night. The human face took form on canvas in many different ways in this show. Sometimes it was abstracted by a thick impasto and could only be seen by taking a step back. In other works it was more visible but seemed hidden behind thick layers and layers of makeup “like mascara put on a thousand times over” as the gallery put it. And sometimes it could be seen through strategically placed peep holes around the space. In the artist’s statement, there’s a lot of thought given to how her work will be viewed. Through instagram? Through the gallery website? At arms length in the gallery? The viewer experience is as much a part of the show as the paintings.
But the unexpected side effect of the show I enjoyed most, came from the ability to see viewers through the peep holes on the other side, looking at the works, unaware of being watched (hens the show’s name I guess.) You could see the gallery goers looking at you from the painting’s perspective. Your face became the faces in the paintings.
The pieces in the show are beautiful, but I loved experiencing the art of looking even more.