One of my studio neighbors, the gutsy Greta Bank doing a "peephole performance" Tuesday night. The Artist Studio hosted an open studio for The Portland Museum of Art Contemporaries, a group of art collectors and art lovers, and Greta decided to do this impromptu performance in her studio about "the gaze" and the relationship between the voyeur and the voyee. Greta asked me to hang around and observe the audience, remarking that this would be the most interesting part of the performance. It was fascinating and comical to watch the people watching. If Greta had simply left her door open and stood there painting in the nude, no-one would have stopped to look - they would have been too embarrassed. But with the cardboard peephole cutouts, people knew that they had permission and felt safe enough to watch. (As I type this, I am struck by the similarity between the words people and peephole... :^)
Watching Greta's performance was like viewing a living, breathing painting. It was really quite gorgeous!