McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
San Francisco, CA
September 21, 2018 – January 19, 2019
Reception: September 22, 5 – 8 p.m.
My thread leaf piece Fauxliage: Obligation to Endure, acquired by the McEvoy Family Foundation through Seager Gray Gallery, is included in the wide-ranging exhibition NO TIME. NO TIME explores human relationships to the natural world in the past, present, and future. In the context of current discussions around climate change, the works in NO TIME show how artists can reinterpret and reimagine the landscape.
Please join me in viewing this important and timely exhibition.
Candela Books and Gallery,
September 7 - October 20, 2018
Opening reception September 7, 5-9 p.m.
I am pleased to be included in my second exhibition at the fabulous Candela Books and Gallery. CHANNELS features three artists whose work evokes a transformative experience, each imbued with elements of salt, filament or flora to create new forms. If you are in the Richmond, VA area, I hope you can see the exhibition.
UCSF Precision Cancer Medicine Building
Three of my pieces from the Spines and Fragments and one from the Raveling series, made of self-help book parts and thread respectively, were acquired by the UCSF Precision Cancer Medicine Building. I am thrilled to have these pieces find a permanent home in a venue where they will be seen by a diverse population. Healthcare facilities are my favorite placements, as they help to calm and provide beauty and aesthetic sustenance to those in challenging life situations. A big thanks to Chandra Cerrito/Art Advisors for facilitating the acquisition.
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
Reuse Muse continues to fascinate and amaze me with the depth and breadth of imagination of the participants. Given only two items a week, along with a floater bag of materials, the Musettes (as I like to call them) create the most imaginative and compelling work. There are some spots available in the upcoming session; no experience is necessary. New participants find themselves drawn in to a new way of looking at materials and making which both complements their usual ways of working and sets them on new paths of creativity.
October 3 — November 7, 2018
Six weeks, Wednesdays, 1:00 — 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $525 (includes most supplies).
LAST SESSION OF 2018
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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