Conversation with new faculty members:
A. Laurie Palmer + Enrique Leal moderated by Kyle Lane-McKinley
A. Laurie Palmer is concerned with material explorations of matter’s active nature as it asserts itself on different scales and in different speeds, and with collaborating on strategic actions in the contexts of social and environmental justice. These two directions sometimes run parallel and sometimes converge, taking form as sculpture, installation, writing, and public projects. Collaboration, with other humans and with non-humans, is a central ethic in her practice.
Her recent book In the Aura of a Hole: Exploring Sites of Material Extraction (Black Dog, London, 2014) investigates what happens to places where materials are removed from the ground, and, once liberated, how these materials move between the earth and our bodies. Laurie is a Professor at UCSC teaching courses in public art, sculpture, installation and contemporary theory.
Originally from Recife Brazil, Enrique Leal has worked as a printmaker in the U.S.A. and Europe before receiving his B.F.A. from the Polytechnique University of Valencia, Spain; M.F.A. and PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Castilla La Mancha, Spain. He is the recipient of printmaking fellowships from the Institute of Iberian-American Culture, the Spanish Academy in Rome, and a visiting artist/teacher at Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, Rutgers University. Leal is currently an Assistant Professor of print media at UCSC.
Kyle Lane-McKinley is an artist and an educator in Santa Cruz, California, where he lives with his partner Madeline Lane-McKinley, and their daughter Tuli. Kyle completed an MFA in Digital Art and New Media at UC Santa Cruz in 2010, where he continues to work as a lecturer, research associate, and as associate director of the Social Practice Arts Research Center. Kyle's pedagogy is informed by his background in worker collectives, popular education projects, and grassroots social movements. His research interests include theories of representation and reification, critical spatial practice, revolutionary feminism, speculative futurism, and counter-cultural history. Kyle teaches courses in sculpture, digital media and contemporary theory for DANM and the Art Department.