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mirror IV - Artist Opening Reception

mirror IV
February 7 - March 29

Artist Opening Reception: Friday, February 7. 5-8pm.
Free and open to the public.
Reception coincides with Art 'Round Town monthly art walk in Portsmouth.
Additional Art 'Round Town on March 6. 5-8pm.


Artist Statement:
My focus is interactive installation. My works physically exist as art only while installed and activated by audience. Participants literally complete this imagery, invited to perpetuate and resolve the installations in specific ways. Once dismantled, each work exists and continues only through documentation and the memory of its participants. My installations have never really been my own. Participants are collaborators, part of the work and event as a whole. Without audience, my installations are static and unfinished. Each installation includes instructions, as much an element of this work as the audience. Participants use this guidance to influence, alter, maintain, progress, and distinguish, becoming part of each work. Read more...

Artist Bio
Amy Stacey Curtis:
From 1998 to 2016, Amy Stacey Curtis (born 1970, Beverly, Massachusetts) completed an 18-year commitment to interactive installation art, 9 solo-biennial exhibits of large-in-scope, participatory works in 9 vast mill spaces throughout the state of Maine. In the end, Curtis mounted 81 installations while cleaning by hand each historic space (averaging 25,000 square feet). Each solo biennial was a 22-month process exploring a different, predetermined theme, inviting audience to perpetuate and resolve each exhibit's 9 unique works. Read more...


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mirror IV was organized by the University of New Hampshire and curated by Kristina Durocher, Director, Museum of Art, supported by the UNH Arts Initiative Fund in collaboration with 3S Artspace. The UNH Arts Initiative is a donor-funded project that supports UNH arts programming in New Hampshire, taking the great art created in Durham to all corners of the State. Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and sponsored by Pierce Aluminum Company.


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Be sure to also check out the Patio Life exhibit in the Lobby Gallery!