We are proud to present artist A. Laurie Palmer as our speaker this Sunday in the Comfort Society series of talks sponsored by Intelligentsia Coffee.
Palmer will talk about her decade-long inquiry into sites of mineral extraction across the US, which resulted in the book, In the Aura of a Hole: Exploring Sites of Material Extraction (Black Dog, London, 2014), and how what happens in those generally isolated sites can be linked to the most intimate details of our everyday lives.
Written from the perspective of an artist for whom social life and material matters are inextricably linked, this work of art-as-research refuses a strict separation between the realm of industrial materials and the embodied “I” that observes and experiences where and how they are produced.
Palmer is an artist, writer, and teacher whose work is concerned with material explorations of matter’s active nature as it asserts itself on different scales and in different speeds, and she collaborates on strategic actions that work for social and environmental justice (alauriepalmer.net).
Palmer collaborated with the artist group Haha for 20 years on site- and community-based projects (hahahaha.org) and currently collaborates with Chicago-based Prison Neighborhood Arts Program (PNAP) and Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM, chicagotorture.org).
Her work has gained international recognition and has been shown at many notable venues, such as The Renaissance Society, the MCA and Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago, nationally at MASS MoCA and Artists Space (NY), and internationally at Aperto XLV Venice Biennale, Grimaldi Forum (Monaco) and many more.
Her work has been supported by funding from the Louis Tiffany Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Graham Foundation, the ArtCouncil, and the Radcliffe Institute.
After many years of teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Palmer takes a new position this fall as Professor in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Comfort Society is a series of talks on anything from the useful to the unexpected.
Talks take place Sundays at noon and coffee is served.