Visual arts major Anna Kalfaian presents “G(oo/ew),” an exhibition of sculptural paintings incorporating hot glue, soap, jelly, gummy bears, and bugs. Kalfaian will also create work with visitors during four interactive pieces: Monday, March 27 at 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.; Tuesday, March 28 at 8:15 p.m.; and Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, March 28 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Lucas Gallery, second floor at 185 Nassau Street
Free and open to public
In “G(oo/ew),” Kalfaian delves into the tension between beauty and disgust in relation to tactile materiality, using a variety of materials to illustrate this complex contrast. Inspired by a discovered soap dispenser in which three bugs were suspended in the thick coral soap, Kalfaian observed that the bugs, which are viewed by many as repulsive, were suspended elegantly in a liquid that was associated with cleanliness, yet also disgusting in its own right due to its viscosity. Gluing beads onto the insects is another form of taking an artfully intricate natural object associated with distaste and indicating a higher level of aesthetic beauty. In other works, gummy bears, associated with being cute and delicious, are transformed into objects of revulsion when coated in hot glue or displayed at a massive size, raising questions about scale and the divide between precious and sickening. Her other independent work includes interactive performance art, which she plans to incorporate into the exhibition, providing visitors a hands-on, visceral experience with these materials.
Kalfaian is a senior from Milford, New Jersey majoring in visual arts and a member of the Princeton women’s crew team.