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UCF MFA thesis exhibition opens at UCF Art Gallery

March 14, 2013
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#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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