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Photography Visiting Artist Lecture - Klea McKenna

Klea McKenna
Thu, May 23, 2019, 10:00 am to Fri, May 24, 2019, 11:59 am

Thursday, May 23rd, 10:00am

Kresge Classroom 321

Free and open to the public


Klea McKenna is a visual artist whose work urges light-sensitive materials to record the world in unexpected ways. Her most recent “photographic reliefs” subvert photography’s reliance on sight by making photographic images rendered through touch, pressure and texture. In her work, broken patterns from the landscape and from cultural artifacts become allegories for human emotional experience and explorations of historical traces. Her photograms are held in the collections of the SFMOMA, LACMA, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Mead Museum of Art, Peabody-Essex Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the US Embassy Collection. Klea is represented by Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles, Euqinom Gallery in San Francisco and Gitterman Gallery in New York. In addition to her own art practice, she was co-founder and photographer at IN THE MAKE an online arts journal that published studio visits and interviews with over 120 West Coast artists from 2011 to 2015. She is the daughter of renegade ethnobotanists, Kathleen Harrison and Terence McKenna. Klea lives in San Francisco with her husband and their young daughter.