Inside that thing that is and is and isn't
A Senior Art Show by Lex Brown
The Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present a multimedia installation by Lex Brown, a senior in the Visual Arts Certificate Program. Entitled “Inside that thing that is and is and isn’t,” the installation will be on view from May 1 through 12 in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street. The artist will present a performance in front of the building as part of the installation on Tuesday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. An opening reception, where visitors can meet the artist, will be held Thursday, May 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., coinciding with the next Princeton ArtWalk. The reception and performance are free and open to the public.
Brown is a senior in the Department of Arts and Archeology, concentrating in Visual Arts. Through a variety of media, including live performance, her installation investigates the processes by which the perceived becomes permanent. “My show is about transformation: from narrative to image, artist to art, natural to artificial, from person to something more than a person,” notes Brown. “As with all desires, this last aspiration is not always fulfilled, therefore I am also interested in the anxiety and failure that accompanies a change of being.”
The artist notes that people create knowledge by transforming perceptions to reality. “I present here my search for the knowledge of how to transform one’s self into something else – something more real than what is perceived. History is one way to accomplish this, but I didn’t have enough time to make that, so I am looking for other ways to do so, using video, photography, sculpture, and performance to explore self-expression, cosmetics, painting, household architecture, leisure spaces, and real and artificial nature.”
Brown hopes that audiences will leave her exhibition with a sense of the logic she presents about transformation, and encourages them to share their thoughts with her in person, in the show book, or on the Lewis Center’s Facebook page.
In 2011 Brown received the Lawrence P. Wolfen '87 Senior Thesis Award and attended Yale-Norfolk School of Art. She plans to continue to pursue art professionally after graduation. She will attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture this summer and will be working with artist Thomas Hirschhorn in New York in 2013.
The Princeton ArtWalk, also happening the evening of May 3 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., is an initiative of the local arts community offering a self-guided evening of visual arts activities in the downtown and on the university campus. The venues include the Lewis Center for the Arts, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton University Art Museum, the Bernstein Gallery at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Firestone Library, Historic Morven, Historical Society of Princeton, Labyrinth Books, Princeton Public Library, and Small World Coffee. The venues will offer a variety of events, activities and refreshments.
In addition to Brown’s opening, an exhibition of drawings and sculpture by senior Lauren VanZandt-Escobar will be on view, films by seniors Oren Samet-Marram and Luciana Chamorro will be screened from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, and a Contemporary Modern Dance class will be open to observe from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio, all free. Following the ArtWalk, at 8:00 p.m. Roll!, a new play by senior Jeff Kuperman will be performed in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio (tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and students).
Thursday, May 3rd
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
May 1 - 12, 2012
10 AM - 4:30 PM
Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street
Free and open to the public