From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art
Contemporary Jewish Museum
San Francisco, CA
November 25, 2016 – April 2, 2017
My large-scale installation Inventory is part of this comprehensive exhibition which deals with personal narratives, social and cultural memory and the (re)creation of memories based on fiction or dubious truth. I made Inventory after visiting Buchenwald concentration camp in 1996. It consists of over 1,000 pieces of gut, each one with a tiny personal object embedded within.
#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
Sorcery & Craft
Allan Stone Projects
535 West 22nd Street, 3rd floor
New York, NY
January 10 – February 18
I am happy to be included in this exhibition with Circumstances Beyond Our Control, a mixed media found photo-based installation created in 1996. Selected from the Allan Stone Collection, the exhibition features eight artists who elicit folk magic in found objects and craft traditions. The works explore a fantastical approach to art making through mixed media constructions, assemblage and finely crafted objects. I love the work of the other artists in the exhibition and hope that you can visit it if you are in the New York area.
Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
March 1 – 30, 2017
Reception March 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
I am pleased to be included in the Materials Matters show, the fourth annual exploration of the interactions of artists with their materials. A diverse range of themes and media are represented. I am excited to announce that this will be the world debut of two pieces from my latest series Lucre. Brokeade featured above is made out of shredded money and metallic thread. Click image to view larger.
By the Book
Kaller Fine Arts
May 5 – June 30, 2017
Reception May 5, 6-8:30 p.m.
Five pieces from my Spines and Fragments series will be exhibited in this show, along with the work of seven other accomplished artists who use the book form in a variety of innovative ways. Panacea-Pizpireta featured above is made of self-help books spines, mull and thread. Click image to view larger.
Commission: Story Book
Kaiser Permanente Pedriatrics Department
San Francisco, CA
I have recently completed a commission for the Kaiser Permanente Pedriatrics Department, San Francisco. Story Book measures 24 x 66 inches inches and features book spines and covers from vintage children's books.
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Reuse Muse II: 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.
There are only two spots available. Contact me to sign up.
Six weeks, Mondays, 1:00 — 3:30 p.m.
March 27 - May 1, 2017
Six weeks, Wednesdays, 1:00 — 3:30 p.m.
March 29 – May 3, 2017
If interested please contact me asap, classes fill up quickly.
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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