“Broken Lens” and “Splitsplice:” Exploring Contemporary Art through Architecture

Blue Star Contemporary

August 4, 2016 6:00 pm - August 4, 2016 9:00 pm

Blue Star Contemporary introduces two new exhibitions at its temporary 112 Blue Star location. Broken Lens by Thomas Cummins and Splitsplice by Kirsten Reynolds open Thursday, August 4th from 6-9 PM. Preview is Thursday morning, August 4th from 11:30AM-12PM where Kirsten Reynolds will give an artist talk from 12-1 PM and Blue Star will provide a light lunch for attendees.

Blue Star will be open for First Friday on August 5th from 12-9 PM.

While each is presenting a solo exhibition, both Cummins’ and Reynolds’ artistic practices are rooted in architecture. The exhibitions—Cummins featuring new photographic work and Reynolds presenting a site-specific installation—highlight each artist’s distinct visual style while also creating a dialogue around real and imagined constructions. Kirsten Reynolds was selected for this exhibition opportunity after applying to Blue Star’s Open Call. Thomas Cummins is an alumnus of the 2015-2016 cycle of the Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency Program, an opportunity that culminates in an exhibition after the artist returns to San Antonio.


Broken Lens, Thomas Cummins
August 4 – October 9, 2016

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Broken Lens will feature imagery sourced by the artist during his Berlin residency. Cummins found spaces and locations broken or departed from their use or history and captured them to promote his idea of space in relation to the way we encounter it.

“Society has always been seen in its buildings and constructions. Inevitably, we are situated within these spaces which compose all of our lives, but which also divide and confine us to our interiors. By framing the self within architecture, I ultimately explore how individuals begin to define themselves throughout surrounding social structures. In the end, we choose only pathways established before us but, among concrete passages, art is also able to, subversively, manifest the soul.”

Thomas Cummins, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, earned a B.A. in Architecture and a B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin while focusing mainly on printmaking and metals. He was awarded a scholarship to the interdisciplinary graduate program at Maine College of Art, which enabled him to work with local Chicago teachers while also studying in Portland, Maine. After receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Critical Theory, Cummins returned to his hometown of San Antonio to create large-format lightboxes of his photographs. More recently, Cummins was commissioned to complete public artworks through Public Art San Antonio, a part of the City of San Antonio’s Department for Creative and Cultural Development as well as being selected as a 2015-2016 Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Resident at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.


Splitsplice, Kirsten Reynolds
August 4 – October 9, 2016

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Kirsten Reynolds plays with architecture and language, disrupting their expected rational construction with humor and uncertainty. Reynolds says of Splitsplice:

“To ‘split,’ is the act of division, a whole broken apart into disparate parts. To ‘splice’ is a method of joinery, used most often to strengthen a weakness or bridge a lack in materials. The two actions are intertwined processes of change. In Splitsplice, I explore the potential of irresolution within architecture, language, and the body. Poised in a state of arrest and precarious balance, remnants from architectural structures of unknown origin appear to be casually, and yet formally re-arranged: standing evidence of an absurd plan and peculiar labor.”

Kirsten Reynolds lives and works in Newmarket, NH. She received her MFA in studio art and critical theory from Maine College of Art, Portland, ME and her BFA in Art Video from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. An artist working with installation, sculpture, and printmaking, Reynolds has shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the U.S. Her exhibition with Blue Star Contemporary is the artist’s first solo presentation in Texas.


Support for these exhibitions generously provided by The Lifshutz Family, City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development, a grant from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, the Mary Hobbs Griffith Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and Silver Eagle Distributors.

About Blue Star Contemporary

Blue Star Contemporary is a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art organization celebrating 30 years in San Antonio, Texas that advances the growth and understanding of contemporary art, artists, and the curatorial process. With a mission to inspire, nurture, and innovate, Blue Star hosts 20 contemporary exhibitions annually as well as a year-round after-school art education program for high school youth, the MOSAIC Student Artist Program, at its home in Southtown. For more information about Blue Star Contemporary, the offsite summer exhibitions, the Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency Program, or The Blue Star Open Call process, visit www.bluestarart.org