Thursday, March 14, 2013

UCF MFA thesis exhibition opens at UCF Art Gallery

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM

click to enlarge #31, chez moi Series, Jeremy Eldridge 2012 Projected Photograph on Linen, dimensions variable
  • #31, chez moi Series, Jeremy Eldridge 2012 Projected Photograph on Linen, dimensions variable

#31, chez moi Series, Jeremy Eldridge 2012 Projected Photograph on Linen, dimensions variable

Thursday, March 14 – Six Trick Pony

6-8 p.m.

through March 29

UCF Art Gallery, Visual Arts Building

4000 Central Florida Blvd.

407-823-5470

gallery.cah.ucf.edu

free

Uh-oh. When we saw the words “social commentary” in conjunction with “MFA thesis show,” our hearts sank a little bit; too often these self-descriptors portend work that’s all head and no guts, no crotch

no fun. But a quick perusal of the artists involved alleviated that fear. Melissa Bush, Jeremy Eldridge, Gabe Gonzalez, Bryce Hammond, Chad Burton Johnson and Noura Shuqair make work that is socially engaged, yes, but it’s by turns scathing and hilarious. From Johnson’s bedazzled symbols of Deep-South manliness to Shuqair’s bumptious interrogations of Saudi femininity to Bush’s nervy OCD meditations, the last thing you’ll have to worry about is a roomful of pretentious intellectuals. – Jessica Bryce Young

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