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.
Rip What You Sew: Twenty-Five Years of Mixed Media Art with a Fiber Sensibility
Lecture at the Textile Arts Council
de Young Museum
San Francisco, CA
January 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
My lecture will be about all aspects of my work of the past twenty-seven years, including gut, found object assemblage, fiber, found photographs, buttons, zippers, thread and more. The process, the inspiration, the content, the sewing, the ripping, the trials and the tribulations: find out all about it on January 21.
Codex 2017: 6th Biennial International Book Fair and Symposium
with Seager Gray Gallery
The Craneway Pavilion
February 5–8, 2017
The Codex fair is a great way to see a wide range of book arts, everything from the traditional to the one-of-a-kind quirky found objecty. My work, of course, fits into the latter category, and I am happy to have several works at the Seager Gray table, including Forward and Back, which contains the complete text of Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech embroidered on fragments of a man’s dress shirt, and Armor, a zipper and thread dictionary page piece. If you are interested in books and the multitude of ways they can be made, materially and conceptually, this is a fair that is not to be missed.
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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