Opening reception: Saturday, September 6, 6-8PM
Von Lintel Gallery presents No Light Unbroken - a new body of work from experimental photographer Klea McKenna.
McKenna’s photograms – unique photographs made without a camera in a direct light-to-paper process – are created mostly outdoors at night as she attempts to imprint her environment using light-sensitive materials; devising innovative ways for them to interact with the landscape. Place is a primary component in McKenna’s work, rooting the imagery in either a rich historical narrative or personal experience.
This exhibition, the artist’s first solo show with the gallery, is sparked by an early childhood lived off-the-grid in Hawaii. Abstractly patterned rainstorms, vividly colored banana leaves and delicately
haunting spider webs approach a near hyperrealism as filtered through McKenna’s eye. If photography is a window, McKenna’s works are a portal: a visceral translation of an “animated, almost personified”
perception of nature.
Even when working inside the darkroom, McKenna’s methods remain intuitive and unpredictable yielding imagery that glows from the kind of curiosity necessary to create it. Indeed, it is this thrill of discovery and patience in practice that keeps both McKenna and the viewer hungry for more.
McKenna was born in Freestone, CA in 1980 and received a BA from the University of California in Santa Cruz and an MFA from the California College of the Arts. McKenna has exhibited over the past decade
across the United States, including at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, the Woodstock Center for Photography, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and an
upcoming exhibition at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY. McKenna lives and works in San Francisco.
For additional information or visual material, please contact the gallery at (310) 559-5700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.