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"Broken Lens" & "Splitsplice" 

When: Thu., Aug. 4, 6-9 p.m., Fri., Aug. 5, 6-9 p.m., Fridays-Sundays, 12-6 p.m. and Thursdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 9 2016
Price: $3-$5 (free on First Thursday and First Friday)
Despite a temporary closure for a facelift that entails a new front staircase, large glass doors and an extended awning, this is turning out to be a big summer for Blue Star Contemporary, which recently received a $100,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to support exhibitions over the next two years. Operating out of a satellite space formerly occupied by Joan Grona Gallery, BSC welcomes August with a pair of shows conceptually grounded in architecture. The culmination of Thomas Cummins’ experience as a Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Resident at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, “Broken Lens” sees the local artist exploring “how individuals begin to define themselves throughout surrounding social structures” via photographs created through a broken camera lens. Marking New Hampshire-based sculptor and printmaker Kirsten Reynolds’ first solo show in Texas, “Splitsplice” throws an odd wrench in the works through a site-specific installation of “remnants from architectural structures of unknown origin.”

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