View my latest NEWSLETTER, featuring new collages, mentorships and a brand new offering, one-hour online critiques.
Paperback book covers, mull, wire
56 x 35 inches, 2020
Seager Gray Gallery
Mill Valley, CA
June 26 – August 30
Open by appointment
My work often involves the use of text. For the Punctuation series, I focus on the graphically interesting forms found between the words, the punctuation. Inquiry is the first in the series. In the current pandemic, so many conversations end in a question, the answer to which is unknown. This, and the facdt that the form is so engaging, is the reason that I have begun the series with a question mark.
ACQUISITIONS & PUBLICATIONS
Mending money: Lisa Kokin
Essay by Maria Porges
Maria Porges has written an insightful essay about my work with money as part of a series of essays featuring, in her words, “artists for whom mending plays a significant role in their art practice.” The essays feature work in a diverse array of media and I am honored to be included. Read essay here →
I am pleased to be featured in the current issue of ContemporaryIdentities magazine, an independent quarterly international online magazine covering contemporary art from around the world. The focus of ContemporaryIdentities is to showcase and promote experimental and progressive contemporary art through short art reviews from international scholars, art writers and art critics who are invited regularly to contribute to the publication. Several of my stitched money pieces are featured, along with with perceptive commentary by noted artist and curator Sergio Gomez, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago.
Community Health Innovations (CHI)
Montage Health/Community Hospital of the
Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, CA
I recently received a large commission for the new Montage Health/Community Hospital in Monterey, CA. Nature Library will be viewed from both sides in a beautifully constructed Plexiglas box. The piece is the result of countless hunting and gathering forays to find discarded books at the local recycling center and is composed of dozens of book cloth covers from a wide variety of sources. It was a true pleasure to make the piece, knowing that it will contribute to a feeling of well-being and tranquility as people “read” the bits of text while waiting to see their doctor.
My photographer, Lia Roozendaal, made a video of the process from beginning to end titled Nature Library Enjoy!
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MENTORING & CRITIQUE
I work one-on-one with many artists in my Coaching/Mentorship Program, an outgrowth of decades of mentoring graduate students in local colleges and universities. The program is tailored to the needs of each artist and includes six one-hour meetings or the equivalent to be completed within six months.
Artists use their coaching/mentorship sessions for critique and career development, as well as issues related to maintaining a consistent studio practice. For artists who live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, mentorships are available via Skype, Zoom or Facetime.
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I am pleased to announce that I am now offering one-hour critiques on Zoom for artists looking for critical and supportive feedback to help the work move forward. These critiques are tailored to your individual needs. You email images to me and we talk about the issues that concern you. Possible topics for one-hour critiques are: building a cohesive body of work; formal issues such as color, composition, scale; intent; content; use of materials, and any other topic that can help deepen and advance your work. Special offer: you can apply the tuition for a one-hour critique to a mentorship within three months. For more information please contact me.
#Repost @jewseum with @repostapp ・・・ "It feels particularly relevant to be installing this piece now," says artist Lisa Kokin as she discusses her installation "Inventory," now on view in the exhibition "From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art." "Inventory" was created after Kokin visited the Buchenwald concentration camp and confronted the piles of humble objects left behind. #GenerationCJM #LisaKokin