Barbara Kyne


Barbara Kyne has several very distinct bodies of work. At the Museum takes the subject of viewers looking at art as its own subject. While she acknowledges the banality of standing in an architectural box looking at objects, she wants her photographs to evoke the emotion and mystery that art has to offer, and that ultimately draws viewers to museums as a place to access another way of being in the world.

With a characteristic combination of deep philosophy and ironic humor, Barbara reimagines the visitor using the art in the museum as “a portal, a liminal opening to another dimension, a place to encounter the universal mind.” She goes on to describe her subjects: “An elderly man in a cap intensely studies a glowing rectangle inside a glowing frame. It feels as if he might get sucked in. A man in a very pale, variously pastel room contemplates an artwork that is out of the frame, while a shadowy figure lurks nearby. A security guard watches visitors pass through a red tunnel towards a greenish yellow light, making sure they don’t stray off course.”

In this body of work, the abstract images are rich in color, shape, light, and energy that are meant to simulate aesthetic and intellectual engagement. By avoiding detail and focus, Barbara hopes that her viewers can also experience a portal to another dimension, providing access to an empathy and presence of mind that is available to those who courageously connect with the unknown in a creative and curious way.


Barbara Kyne has a BA in photography from the Brooks Institute of photography in Santa Barbara, CA and a MS in Studio Arts from John F Kennedy University in Orinda. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, and Artweek. She has exhibited extensively in the Bay Area, including shows at PHOTO gallery, Krowswork Gallery, SF Camerawork, Kala Institute, Bedford Gallery, and Triton Museum.