In James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus expounds his aesthetic theory thusly: "Beauty expressed by the artist cannot awaken in us an emotion which is kinetic or a sensation which is purely physical. It awakens...an esthetic stasis, an ideal pity or an ideal terror." Stephen Dedalus was wrong. (Nobody likes him, anyway.) And Sunday at Mercy Lounge, some talented artists will prove it. With their exhibit Glitz, Glam, and Gumpaste, a group of "sugar artists, cake designers, chocolatiers and pastry chefs" will push those tempting ingredients to their limits. Visitors can experience purely physical sensations by sampling from the dessert bar as well as enjoying sugar demonstrations, sugar art displays and a do-it-yourself station that lets them make their own art. Pity and terror will be in short supply, but it should be ideal nonetheless.
Sun., March 8, noon, 2009