Seager Gray Gallery
Mill Valley, CA
March 2 — 31
Artist reception March 9,
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
This is the sixth iteration of Material Matters, one of my favorite annual shows at Seager Gray Gallery. Each year I discover artists new to me whose work I love. The sheer breadth of media is astounding. This year’s show is no exception. Please come and explore how artists choose and work with materials as diverse as glass, metal, fiber, wood, and much more. I will have two lacy sewn money pieces in the show. Nil #1 and Nil#2 are composed of zero-like forms tenuously linked together with invisible thread, a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the value and importance of cold hard (shredded) cash.
A Way With Words:
the Power and Art of the Book
Children’s Museum of the Arts,
New York, NY
November 29, 2018 - April 29, 2019
Eleven artists who work with the book in various ways are included in this exhibition curated by Jil Weinstock. A Way With Words shows the transformation of everyday books into expressions of identity, community, environmentalism, memory, and reconstructed narratives. The artists in the exhibition transform books into sculptures, animation, drawings, and paintings that capture the book’s significant history and power to inform the public. I am honored to be included in this stellar roster of artists with three of my Spines and Fragments pieces.
Some Assembly Required
The Art Complex Museum
April 28 - September 1, 2019
Everyone is an assembler. If you’ve cooked a meal that had more than one ingredient, you qualify. In the art world, unless you are chipping away at a slab of limestone, or throwing a pot on a wheel you are most likely an assembler as well. Painters assemble brush strokes, quilters assemble pieces of fabric, woodworkers assemble wood. The artists in this exhibition all assemble three dimensional work by putting together a variety of smaller parts, sometimes, a large variety.
ACQUISTIONS & PUBLICATIONS
A commission I recently made.
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Embroidery Magazine, UK
Featured Artist Interview
In the current issue of Embroidery Magazine, I am interviewed about my long history working with fiber and fiber-related materials, focusing on my Facsimile and Lucre series. There’s some political commentary sprinkled in for added interest. Embroidery Magazine doesn’t shy away from politically-charged work, and the March-April issue is dedicated to it and includes an article about Jakkai Siributr, a Thai artist whose work I greatly admire.
Community Health Innovations (CHI)
Montage Health/Community Hospital of the
Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, CA
I recently received a large commission for the new Montage Health/Community Hospital in Monterey, CA. Nature Library will be viewed from both sides in a beautifully constructed Plexiglas box. The piece is the result of countless hunting and gathering forays to find discarded books at the local recycling center and is composed of dozens of book cloth covers from a wide variety of sources. It was a true pleasure to make the piece, knowing that it will contribute to a feeling of well-being and tranquility as people “read” the bits of text while waiting to see their doctor.
My photographer, Lia Roozendaal, made a video of the process from beginning to end titled Nature Library Enjoy!
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.
Reuse Muse is a continually evolving entity, not unlike an art practice. The latest incarnation is modeled on the graduate school tutorial and is open to any artist with an ongoing studio practice. The three component parts of the newest evolution of the class will feature studio time, critique, and short presentations and discussions on topics of interest to artists, such as inspiration, writing a cogent artist’s statement, talking about art that we love as well as art that we don’t, artist’s blocks, and other burning issues that we all ponder alone in our studios. If you are an artist seeking the camaraderie of others as committed as you to make and talk about art in a congenial environment, this is the class for you. Please contact me for more information and to register.
April 3 – June 12, 2019
Every other Wednesday
1:00 — 3:30 p.m.
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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