(Princeton, NJ) The Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present an exhibition of paintings by Jaewon Choi, a senior in the Visual Arts Certificate Program. The exhibition will be on view weekdays in the Lucas Gallery at the Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street, February 23 through 28; an opening reception, where visitors can meet the artist, will be held February 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
Titled “Frogs & Forms,” the exhibition features paintings of the human form and of frogs. “I don’t think about my paintings in terms of the syntax of language but strictly in imagery,’ notes Choi, “and therefore I prefer to let the images ‘speak’ for themselves, rather than provide the viewer with language that attempts unsatisfactorily to embody what I hope to convey. One idea about my paintings that I can satisfactorily put into words is my ongoing fascination with paradoxes, things that exist by both refuting and embracing their identities,” she continues. “But perhaps that is really a truer description of me than my work.”
Most of the paintings in the exhibit are large-scale, one taking over an entire wall of the gallery.
Choi is a physics major and pursuing a certificate in Visual Arts at the Lewis Center. After taking summer intensives at Parsons The New School for Design and at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University after her freshman year, Choi began taking art courses at Princeton and eventually decided to seek a certificate. She resided in Berlin and in Paris the summer between her freshman and sophomore years studying art at museums and galleries and developing her own work. Last summer, following her junior year, she was accepted into a painting residency program at Tyler School of Art where she participated in a group show, “Baby Come Back,” at the Crane Gallery in Philadelphia. Her forthcoming show “Frogs & Forms” is her first solo exhibition.
“I absolutely love studying physics at Princeton,’ states Choi. “It opened the door to a mysterious world that was not any bit less beautiful than art.” She notes that fully pursuing studies in both physics and art has been a challenge in terms of course load and with the requirement of two senior thesis projects. She asserts, however, her choice to pursue art along with physics “soon became something less of a choice than a necessity, something as natural as having both a day and a night and indispensable to who I am.”
The Lucas Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Following “Frogs & Forms” other exhibitions and screenings of work by seniors in Visual Arts and Film/Video will be presented in the Lucas Gallery, The Guggenheim Gallery of Whitman College, The James S. Hall ’34 Memorial Gallery of Butler College, and the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater. The season will close with an extravaganza group show of Junior Independent work in Butler College in April and a Class Day senior “all-star” show in the Lucas Gallery in May.