CULTURAL CRITIQUE:
Student Works from 1990-2004
December 7 - January 4, 2005

Open: Mon-Fri 12-5

(530) 752-6767
CNGorman@ucdavis.edu
1316 Hart Hall, University of California
Davis, CA 95616

Learning the techniques of silkscreening and printing is only a part of the requirements when undertaking one of Professor Malaquias Montoya’s studio classes. His method of teaching is both an expansion of artistic skills as much as it is a reflective thought process. Students, many of whom are non-art majors, are asked to investigate their own culture and consider social issues of interest to them and to create their artwork as a visual expression of their position.

The artworks featured address a diverse variety of concerns, relating to world conflicts, ethnicity, gender, education, and social injustice. In their distinction there is a commonality, a clarity of expression that transcends social and economic boundaries to express the political voices of individual artists who are a part of the UC Davis student community.
   

Prisioneros del dolar
Prisoners of the dollar, 2003

Oil on canvas, 22x28 in.

Also featuring the artwork of
ALICIA MARÍA SIU


Artist Statement:

I have had a long standing interest in painting since the early years of my life. I was born in Honduras, Central America, where fine arts, particularly the art of painting, far from being a social necessity, is relegated to a luxury available only to those who can afford it. With over 80% of its population living under extreme poverty, the order of the day in this and other Central American countries is survival. Growing up in Honduras instilled in me what the role of an artist is and should be. Seeing the increasing gaps of inequality between the rich and the poor grow larger every day convinced me that the role of the artist in the “developing world” and abroad should be used for advancing needed social transformation; to restore self-confidence in the people, to return to the masses a clear image of their socio-political condition, to depict the history and the origins of their subjugation, and to portray their cultural heritage in such a way as to promote revolutionary social change. As a woman of the “third” and “developing” world I take it upon me, to bring about constructive change and dialogue through means of my art.

In this spirit, I share with you part of my work in hopes that it can contribute to productive discussion about the distorted world in which we live in.

CN Gorman Museum, 1316 Hart Hall,
University of California Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616
email: CNGorman@ucdavis.edu