Broken Lens by Thomas Cummins
August 4 - October 9, 2016
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 features imagery sourced by Cummins during his Berlin residency. He found spaces and locations broken or departed from their use or history and captured them with his camera which in fact had a broken lens. Of his practice, Cummins says, "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 Culture & Creative Development, as well as being selected as a 2015-2016 Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Resident at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.
Exhibtion runs: August 4-October 9, 2016
Opening reception: August 4, 2016 (6-9 p.m.)