Reframe: An Exploration of Memory and Nostalgia
Photoville, Brooklyn, NY
September 18 – 28, 2014
I was invited to exhibit my work at Photoville, a unique, large-scale, photographic village with photographs exhibited in shipping containers in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The festival runs for ten days and I am hoping to attend this exciting event. photovillenyc.org →
ART MADE FROM BOOKS
My work is featured in Art Made from Books, a newly released title from Chronicle Books. Expertly edited by Laura Heyenga, this beautifully designed book features the work of twenty-seven artists who use books as the raw material for their work.
Chronicle Books →
500 Handmade Books, Volume 2
My work is included in another exceptional book, 500 Handmade Books, Volume 2, by Julie Chen. It showcases the unlimited creative possibilities of books as objects and as sculptural pieces.
Lark Publications →
Playing with Image Transfers: Exploring Creative Imagery for Use in Art, Mixed Media, and Design
Artist and writer Courtney Cerruti has written an informative and helpful new book on image transfer techniques in which she included my work.
Quarry Books →
Commission for The New York Times,
I am very pleased to announce that I was commissioned by T Magazine, the style magazine of The New York Times, for their 10-year anniversary issue on October 19, 2014. The New York Times asked fifteen writers to contribute to an exquisite corpse story and asked me to create a sewn photo collage to accompany the story. The commission includes photos of all fifteen writers and is based on my photo piece Trophy →
Adaptation: Turning Books into Art
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI
September 19 – November 7
I am honored to be asked to participate in a book exhibition curated by Linda Ross, which features a stellar group of artists including Ann Hamilton, Meg Hitchcock and Doug Beube. The exhibition will travel to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in June, 2015.
Commission for the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA
Recently I completed Filifolia #2, a commission for the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. One of the things I most enjoy in my studio practice is to do commissions for public venues, especially for healthcare facilities, where people who might not ordinarily visit galleries and museums spend time waiting in a sometimes anxious state of mind. I am happy to make work that calms the spirit and takes the mind off a difficult situation, if even for a few moments.
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REUSE MUSE 2015
Books and Bookishness
A six-week class • Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
January 14 – February 18, 2015
For the new year we will concentrate on the concept of book and things book-like. We will work two- and three-dimensionally to make altered books, sculpture and collage with idea- and materials-based assignments as the (loose and flexible) structure. Our notion of what constitutes a book will be wide and all-encompassing and sometimes lead to the creation of objects that might not even look like a book. The class nurtures a spirit of spontaneity, curiosity, and a visceral connection with materials and ideas. All levels of art experience are welcome. Space is limited; registration is now open.
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In the Studio
Textiles are in Lisa Kokin's blood. Her parents were upholsterers, and she uses the techniques of sewing and book arts to create detailed, thoughtful work that often transforms found objects and words. For the exhibition Do Not Destroy, she created the piece Fauxliage: No Birds Sing which transformed Rachel Carson's landmark environmental book Silent Spring into delicate and quite convincing leaf forms, a reference to the anti-pesticide message therein.