Moan: The Monstrous Sublime - A Senior Art Show by Jun Koh
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts will present a photographic installation by senior Jun Koh. The installation, entitled “Moan: The Monstrous Sublime,” will be on view Mondays through Fridays in the Chancellor Green Rotunda, April 26 through May 9. The exhibition will also be on view the afternoon of Saturday, April 28, during the local Communiversity Festival of the Arts. Some of the photographs can also be viewed in various public places on the Princeton campus. An opening reception, where visitors can meet the artist, will be held Thursday, April 26, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
Koh is from Malaysia and a senior in the Department of Art and Archeology, pursuing a Program 2 degree in studio art. She views her senior thesis as an artistic culmination demonstrating her academic interests in art history, Freud’s perspectives on dreams and desires, viewer reception in film theory, and the role of women in art and culture.
“My work for this installation explores the intersection between sublime sensuality and grotesque eroticism as manifested in the female form,” states Koh. “In the tradition of female portrayals throughout the history of art, ‘Moan’ continues an exploration into the female body as a potential site of boundless pleasure that conversely threatens to torment by its material inaccessibility.”
Koh further demonstrates her point by mounting the photographs onto temporary box-like kiosks and installing them outside a conventional gallery space (Chancellor Green Rotunda is a student study space), as well as inserting the work into residential common rooms and community centers across the campus. By doing so she hopes to prompt a wider audience to participate in the discussion of the objectified female form. “This display method,” explains Koh, “functions to remove the viewer from a premeditated preparation and preconceived notion of art viewership that occurs within a gallery space.”
Koh plans to pursue a career in advertising upon graduation.
The Chancellor Green Rotunda is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, April 28 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for Communiversity Festival of the Arts, a major event that attracts over 40,000 people to Princeton’s downtown and campus.
Thursday, April 26th
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Chancellor Green Rotunda
Chancellor Green Rotunda
April 26 - May 9, 2012
M-F: 7 AM - 10 PM
Sat: 4/28 1 - 5 PM
Frist Campus Center
April 21 - May 3, 2012
Daily: 7 AM - 2 AM
Wilson, Rockefeller, Whitman Guggenheim Galleries
April 20 - May 3, 2012
Daily: 6:30 AM - 9 PM
Free and open to the public