Shredded money and thread, 2018
LUCRE: A Solo Exhibition
Seager Gray Gallery
Mill Valley, CA
April 3 – May 1, 2018
Reception: April 7, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Artist’s Talk: April 22, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
One finds inspiration in the most unlikely places. Take the last presidential campaign for example. Rather than give in to despair, I pulled out my shredded money and got to work making the Lucre series. The series is made with money, thread and nothing else (well maybe a bit of wire for the sculptures). Aesthetically, it’s all about the joy of limitations, psychologically it’s all about preserving my mental health. And it’s working!
I’m having a great time making pieces both large and small with various types of shreds. I can’t wait to see it all up on the pristine white walls of Seager Gray Gallery. A gorgeous catalog, designed and photographed by Lia Roozendaal and with an essay by Renny Pritikin, Chief Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, will be available for purchase. I hope that you can see the exhibition!
Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg, Germany,
September 6, 2017 – May 5, 2018
Karl Marx’s Das Kapital is a classic of political ideas and one of the most influential and controversial books ever published. On the 150th anniversary of its publication, the Museum der Arbeit will host a multidisciplinary exhibition which includes three of my stitched Das Kapital works which are based on three random pages from my grandfather’s Yiddish edition of the book.
Mixed media buttonwork, 2003
Boise Art Museum
The Boise Art Museum recently acquired one of my buttonworks pieces. Approximation #3, 2003 is one of a series of portraits of my father, Joseph Kokin, who was the inspiration for the series. The piece joins Lost River, also in the permanent collection of the BAM.
The House That Pinterest Built
Diane Keaton, author
Forget-Me-Not by Lisa Kokin
My sewn found photo piece Forget-Me-Not is included in the newly published book "The House That Pinterest Built" by Diane Keaton. The book features inspirational images used by Keaton in the planning and construction of a home that she built from the ground up. I am thrilled to have my work included in this visually compelling book.
"In “The House That Pinterest Built” (Rizzoli, $65, 272 pp.) Diane Keaton provides a privileged peek into her 8,000-square-foot industrial-chic dream home. It’s a sprawling brick structure in west Los Angeles’s Sullivan Canyon boasting the kind of rough-hewed, reclaimed features that proliferate on Pinterest, and Ms. Keaton’s book takes cues from her preferred inspiration engine. Photos of pools, staircases, ladders and chairs that the actress and author pulled from the site and from her own archives ultimately provided blueprints for her home, offering a unique, crowdsourced twist to the closed-door world of celebrity living. 'Once upon a time, scrap bookers, collage artists, image-driven addicts and appropriators like me were lonely hunters,' Ms. Keaton wrote in the book’s introduction. 'Now dare I say billions of people discover, seize and enlarge their reference pool with the variety of beauty allocated from others.' " —The New York Times
Reuse Muse: The Joy of Limitations
In my ever-evolving teaching philosophy, which comes from my own studio practice, I have come to appreciate the importance of externally-imposed limitations in the creation of art. The format of the class consists of concept- and materials-based assignments and the distribution of weekly mystery bags which include two types of objects, along with a floater bag to be used with any project. Students are encouraged to use what is in the bags to create their work. The buzz is that it’s fun and pushes artists in directions they wouldn’t have taken were it not for the introduction of strange and interesting materials not of their choosing. I've just returned from a trip to the desert, where I scavenged for interesting materials and came back with a ton of great stuff which I will distribute in conjunction with concept-based assignments. Rusty metal, old sewing patterns, strange wooden objects...these are just some of my desert finds waiting to be made into works of art.
As of March 8, 2018 there are just two spots left. Don't wait to sign up if interested.
Six weeks, Wednesdays, 1:00 — 3:30 p.m.
March 21 to April 25, 2018
Cost: $525 (includes most supplies).
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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.
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#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