PRINT February 1971

The Sculpture of James Reineking

JAMES REINEKING’S SCULPTURE HAS had an accompanying hum or buzz for the last three exhibitions. The sound did not really seem connected until recently. Perhaps the image he was seeking to project was an air of mystery. Actually the sound is so unobtrusive that it is easily mistaken for the quiet sounds of the ventilation system, or some other automated utility device. It sounds functional. There were other elements of mystery in the shows prior to this one. The plastic hull of a shallow pyramid would glow and a mechanical, light-sensitive organ would rev up the pitch of the buzz when a light approached. I had gone to the dictionary to check out the word “synesthesia”; it said in part, “. . . a process in which one type of stimulus produces a secondary subjective sensation, as when a color evokes a specific smell sensation.” Here the factor was sound, but did the form evoke some symbolic

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