ArtsWest: "Fieldwork: Under COVID-19"

Wed May 5th 2021, 2:00 - 3:00pm
The shadow of a camera over a rock covered by hieroglyphs.

Photo by Lukas Felzmann

Lukas Felzmann, an artist and Affiliate Scholar at the Bill Lane Center, has been working on a new photographic archive of California. As an extension of this practice he is inviting other artists to share their work and approaches. The event will feature Klea McKenna whose piece, “No Feeling is Final,” is on view at SFMOMA right now, and Dionne Lee, whose work was presented at MOMA’s 2020 version of the New Photography exhibition series.

The artists will present new work and discuss their working methods including how their process was (or was not) affected under Covid-19 restrictions. The participants will also share their idea of fieldwork, and how it might differ from the scientific approach of collecting data.


A black and white headshot of Dionne Lee, visual artist

Dionne Lee
Visual Artist

Dionne Lee is a visual artist working in photography, collage, and video, to explore ideas of power and agency in relation to the American landscape. Lee received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2017. She has exhibited work at the Museum of Modern Art, Aperture Foundation, the school of the International Center of Photography in New York City, and throughout the Bay Area including Aggregate Space, Interface gallery, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Lee teaches at Stanford University. She lives and works on the unceded territories of the Ohlone and Chochenyo peoples.


A black and white selfie of Klea McKenna

Klea McKenna
Visual Artist

Klea McKenna is a visual artist who also makes films and writes. Her work has been shown and published internationally. Her photograms are held in several public collections, including SFMOMA, LACMA, Getty Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the US Embassy collection, The Mead Museum of Art and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Klea is represented by 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 partner and their young children.


Lukas Felzmann
Affiliated Scholar, The Bill Lane Center for the American West

Lukas Felzmann is an artist and educator. He was born and grew up in Zürich, Switzerland and has been living and working in San Francisco since 1981. His work and installations contain sculptural elements, and through photographic means explore the intersections of the natural and the cultural.

Current themes include our relationship to the landscape, and how we internalize and attempt to control nature. (Waters in Between). Another published body of work (Swarm), is an investigation and celebration of flight, musing on the working of natural systems, and how there might be control without hierarchy. The degradation of the marine environment through plastic and other materials is examined in Gull Juju.

His work has been exhibited internationally, and six monographs have been published on it. The most recent is Apophenia published by Koenig Books, London in 2018. Felzmann has taught photography at the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University for 25 years, and is currently an Affiliated Scholar at the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University.

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