(photo credit: Joseph Estes)

The McIninch Art Gallery unveiled a new exhibit the evening of September 21. Kirsten Reynolds: A Functional Incident incorporates elements of architecture with abstract art to create a three-dimensional space that is both attractive to the eyes and to the soul.

Kirsten Reynolds held an hour-long speech in the Walker Auditorium, in which she described her work as an architectural “theatrical tableau vivant.” It incorporates elements of purpose-driven composition with the elements of lighting, texture, color and line. This forms a dichotomy with the three-dimensional interactivity of architecture to create a sculpture that not only seems appealing to the viewer’s eye, but molds them into part of the exhibit as well.

Dean of Arts and Sciences, Steve Johnson, summarized the piece. “It looks like somebody’s in the middle of building something, instead of completed the project when you first kinda look at it.” He even touched upon the materials used which, while looking identical to wood, are simply “painted to look like raw wood.” Dr. Johnson says Kirsten Reynolds “put together the whole of it.

Many students and faculty members attended the event to view and to learn about Kirsten Reynold’s new exhibition, A Functional Incident, during its one-month installation at SNHU. Attendees were provided, not only the chance to view a work of art, but to interact with it and its creator.

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