February 16, 2015
Author: Yen Dinh
Nichola Kinch, an Assistant Professor of Foundation and Visual Studies, recently had her exhibition at the University of Rochester’s Hartnett Gallery. The exhibition, “Love Stories”, is a collection of animation machines, photographs, and optical devices that presents a rarified image of nature. Each object offers an illusion: a grove of 10 foot trees that appear real but are flat, a phenaksitascope that is dressed up as the moon, and a flock of birds whose flight is powered by a manual crank. Through these objects, and the images they create, Kinch draws parallels between the mediated photographic experience and the construction of romantic thought in regards to experiences of nature and others.