Sabbath: The 2017 Dorothy Saxe Invitational
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
San Francisco, CA
Nov 12, 2017–Feb 25, 2018
The eleventh iteration of the Dorothy Saxe Invitational series showcases commissioned works inspired by a Jewish idea, that of the Sabbath. Fifty-seven artists are showing three-dimensional work displayed on shelves and pedestals. Shpilkes, which in Yiddish literally means "needles" and figuratively "ants in one's pants," is my contribution to the exhibition. Shpilkes is made with dozens of broken sewing machine needles, casualties of the construction of a recent series. I embedded the broken needles into thick industrial felt and then hand-stitched them into the felt. The process of embedding and stitching is repetitive and often monotonous, but on a good day it is meditative and restorative, not unlike the experience of observing the Sabbath.
Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg, Germany,
September 6, 2017 – March 4, 2018
Karl Marx’s Das Kapital is a classic of political ideas and one of the most influential and controversial books ever published. On the 150th anniversary of its publication, the Museum der Arbeit will host a multidisciplinary exhibition which includes three of my stitched Das Kapital works which are based on three random pages from my grandfather’s Yiddish edition of the book.
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
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.
As of December 4, 2017 there are just two spots left. Don't wait to sign up if interested.
Six weeks, Wednesdays, 1:00 — 3:30 p.m.
March 21 to April 25, 2018
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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#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