TRURO, N.S. – A new art show in Truro is pushing visitors out of their comfort zone by providing a voyeuristic look into the private lives and thoughts of others.
Peepshow: curiosity, the hidden and the exposed, is a conceptual art show at the Marigold Cultural Centre’s MMFI Art Gallery that focuses on curiosity, privacy and the feeling of being watched. It uses displays of personal items, paintings, sculptures and peep holes.
“We had talked about how, through visual art, you are putting yourself on display anyways, showing some of your innermost thoughts,” said Melanie Morrissey, co-organizer of the show.”
“So, we thought it would be wonderful if the viewer could participate in that, in some way. Make it interactive so they are also discovering something that is unusual and maybe hidden just below the surface.”
The show is a group effort by 10 artists from Nova Scotia, and includes both collaborative and individual works, each exploring their own ideas of privacy and voyeuristic curiosity.
“I love the concept, because a lot of what I do anyway focuses on social contexts and comments on social issues,” said Brandt Eisner, one of the contributing artists for Peepshow.
“My art tends to dig into topics we don’t normally want to talk about and brings awareness to things that go on unseen. For this show, I really wanted to talk about the rosy exterior families portray to the outside world compared to what’s really going on behind closed doors.”
While there are a few paintings and sketches on display, the show focuses more on conceptual, interactive art pieces that allow visitors to look though peepholes, open curtains, and peer into security cameras.
“We knew there was a lot of great talents in Truro with respect to visual art, so we wanted to present a conceptual art show which I think is a little rarer here,” said Morrissey.
“From what I’m hearing, people are enjoying the interactivity of it all. We’ve heard people say they were also morbidly satisfied with looking into things they’re not often allowed to do. How often are we allowed to look into people’s personal lives? So, it’s a fun way to explore something that would maybe be a bit taboo.”
While Peepshow will remain at the gallery until the end of April, the group is already working toward its next showing planned for October 2020; a tribute art show to fear and how it is interpreted differently by everyone.
With the current show in its last week at the Marigold though, the creators behind the art hope it has helped people think a little deeper about what goes on unseen in society.
“I’m hoping people take time to metaphorically sit with the pieces and really think about what they have to say within a social context,” said Eisner.
“This isn’t a typical show where you’ll find landscape paintings often found in other art shows. This show, this art, requires you to get in there, think a bit more than expected and ask questions. It promotes emotional reactions and a change of ideals.”
If You Go
WHAT: Peepshow: curiosity, the hidden and the exposed
WHERE: Marigold Cultural Centre’s MMFI Art Gallery
WHEN: Open to Monday, April 30.
ADMISSION: Free to view