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Medium Rare - A Senior Art Show by Joanne Chong & Dao Mi

The Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present, Medium Rare, an exhibition of paintings by Joanne Chong and Dao Mi, seniors 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, on March 12 through 16.  An opening reception, where visitors will be able to meet the artists, will be held Thursday, March 15, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Chong, who is a physics major studying particle physics, sees her work as a way to discover and explore the relationship between the visual arts and human perception. “I am interested in how combinations of reference, line, and shape map to certain feelings within the viewer, feelings that usually can only be articulated within the realm of art due to limitations of language or social constraints,” notes Chong. “I observe daily how music affects me and am trying to figure out whether those effects are possible to evoke the same way within the visual domain. In my work I experiment with different levels of abstraction, as opposed to representation, such as symbols, references, shapes and spaces to see what they can do for the viewer.” In addition to her work in the Lewis Center Program in Visual Arts, Chong studied at the New York Studio School last summer.

Mi’s major is Operations Research and Financial Engineering.  The spark for his senior thesis work came to him from a 2009 exhibition at the Princeton Art Museum curated by Professor in Chinese Art and Professor of Art and Archaeology Jerome Silbergeld, “Outside In: Chinese x American x Contemporary Art.”  “Influenced by that exhibition,” Mi explains, “I wanted to explore the diverse breadth of work being done by contemporary Chinese and Chinese-American artists.  Many shows often focus narrowly on work representing only dissident political content.   My goal is to reinforce that there is a broad spectrum of art being created by Asian-American artists that includes influences from traditional Chinese culture, western art, and varied experiences of living in and immigrating to and from mainland China, Taiwan and America.”  Mi learned to paint in the U.S. but traveled to China to learn the Shan Shui painting style.  He backpacked last summer to Jiuzhaigou, also called the “Mirrors of Heaven,” due to its limestone deposits and hundreds of waterfalls.   Here his mother and generations of Chinese art students practiced their skills in Chinese landscape painting.  His work represents his own unique blending of a traditional Chinese form, American study in visual arts, and his experience as a Chinese-American student.

Both students received the E. Ennals Berl ’12 and Charles Waggaman Berl ’17 Senior Thesis Award in Visual Arts, which provides support for research, travel or other expenses to undergraduate students in conjunction with their senior thesis work in the Program in Visual Arts.

The Lucas Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Admission is free.

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Opening Reception Facebook

Thursday, March 15
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Exhibition runs:
March 12 - 16, 2012

10 AM - 4:30 PM

Lucas Gallery
Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street
Princeton University

Free and open to the public



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