Alan Calpe, Shashana Jaffee Chittle, Joelle Dietrick, Andrew Estep, Timothy Jaeger, Zerek Kempf, Justin Michell, Jorge Nava, Michael Podolak, Edward Porter, Stephen Remington, Annina Rust, Davina Semo, Shannon Spanhake, Joe Winter
The Elephant vs. The Termite features the works of fifteen graduating Master of Fine Arts students from UCSD’s Visual Arts Department. The exhibition reveals the blend of traditional art practices and new technologies, while simultaneously highlighting the diversity of the artistic practice and expression of the artists. The graduate programs at UCSD emphasize cross-departmental collaboration leading to new avenues of critical thought, artistic development, and technological innovation. Among the selection of drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video and digital media included in the exhibition, viewers will find active dialogues throughout a variety of disciplines which challenge contemporary notions of space, perception and process.
The Elephant vs. The Termite is dedicated to Professor Emeritus Manny Farber, in recognition of his important contributions to the UCSD Visual Arts Department. Farber has been a major contributor to American cultural discourse for more than 50 years, both as a film critic and as a painter. The exhibition is titled in honor of Farber’s influential essay on commercial cinema wherein he champions B-film and underappreciated directors for their termite-like ability to burrow into a topic (as compared to their bloated, pretentious and “white-elephant art” counterparts). Currently a professor emeritus, he was an active faculty member in the UCSD Visual Arts Department from 1970 to 1987.
The exhibition is curated by Rita Gonzalez, an assistant curator in the Center of Art of the Americas at Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Kathleen Stoughton, Director of the University Art Gallery, UCSD; and Professors Louis Hock and Ernest Silva of the UCSD Visual Arts Department.
Gallery Director: Kathleen Stoughton