UCF MFA thesis exhibition opens at UCF Art Gallery
Thursday, March 14 â€“ Six Trick Pony
through March 29
UCF Art Gallery, Visual Arts Building
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Uh-oh. When we saw the words â€śsocial commentaryâ€ť in conjunction with â€śMFA thesis show,â€ť our hearts sank a little bit; too often these self-descriptors portend work thatâ€™s all head and no guts, no crotch â€¦ 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 itâ€™s by turns scathing and hilarious. From Johnsonâ€™s bedazzled symbols of Deep-South manliness to Shuqairâ€™s bumptious interrogations of Saudi femininity to Bushâ€™s nervy OCD meditations, the last thing youâ€™ll have to worry about is a roomful of pretentious intellectuals. â€“ Jessica Bryce Young