Between the Covers: Altered Books in Contemporary Art
February 5 – June 6, 2016
The physicality of the book is explored in a multitude of ways by artists who use them to create sculpture, collage, and installations. My piece Panacea Pizpireta from my self-help series, will be on display.
A feature-length article by Alyson Kuhn, photography by Lia Roozendaal
The current issue of Uppercase magazine includes a feature-length article about my work by Alyson Kuhn, illustrated with many gorgeous photos by Lia Roozendaal. You can subscribe to the magazine by going to their website and typing in the code "lookformein29" for $15 off subscriptions. Stay tuned for more information about the article in July.
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.
The Art of the Book
Seager Gray Gallery
Mill Valley, CA
May 3 — June 5, 2016
Reception for the artists: Saturday, May 14,
5:30 - 7:30pm
I am pleased to have two pieces in the 11th annual Art of the Book exhibition. Each piece contains the complete text of Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech. In Deferred, the text is “written” in zipper fragments. In Forward and Back, fragments of the text are stitched backwards over the main text on a man's dress shirt. There are many great artists in the show who work with the book and the book form in varied and innovative ways. This show will expand your notion of what a book is and how the form can be interpreted.
This is Not a Book: Chapter 2
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
San Jose, CA
June 5 – September 11, 2016
Opening reception June 5, 2 — 4 p.m.
I will have several pieces in this group show featuring an international roster of artists who use the book as a creative point of departure. A collaboration between the SJICA and Seager Gray Gallery, this show promises to be a stimulating exploration of the book in a multitude of forms. A not-to-be-missed exhibition!
Commission for the Palo Alto Medical Center
Los Gatos, California
My latest commission, Cordifolia, for the Palo Alto Medical Center in Los Gatos, is made out of paperback book covers and wire. It was fun to work with vibrant colors and make a playful, light-hearted piece. I love seeing my work in public spaces, especially healthcare settings where people from all walks of life can view and enjoy the work.
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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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REUSE MUSE III
Six weeks, June 8 – July 13
Wednesdays, 1:00 — 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $495 (includes most supplies)
Registration has begun for Reuse Muse 2016. This ever popular six-week mixed media class is currently in its fifth year. The theme for the new year isEphemerama, transforming all kinds of found paper and photos into books, collages and sculpture.
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Sunday, June 12, 10-4
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Cost: $150 (plus $15 for supplies)
The weather is warming up, which means the conditions are excellent for working with thread once again. We are pleased to offer what has become a very popular annual workshop. In Thread, we use a sewing machine to work with Solvy, a water-soluble substrate, to create ephemeral drawings and collages. This is a magical technique which can be done with little or no sewing experience. The workshop is open to those who are new to this technique, as well as those who have taken the previous workshop and want to perfect their skills or work on more complex projects.
Registration for Thread Workshop is now open.
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