Loss for Words
Gail Severn Gallery
June 15 – July 26, 2016
Solo show of recent work using asemic text constructed from a variety of found metal objects, industrial felt and other materials. In this series I invent “words” and “languages” with materials that I naturally gravitate to: small domestic metal items, rusty metal fragments found on the street, safety pins, broken needles from the Facsimile project, and thread which I use in unruly bunches to accentuate its gestural quality. In making this work I realize how much I like using objects in ways they weren’t intended to be used, purely for the love of shape, form, juxtaposition and resonance.
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.
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!
June 21 – August 15, 2016
The three pieces in this exhibition are each a kind of sound poem composed of statements and admonitions, all related to each other. Cacophony is a spiral of titles beginning in the center with mothers, progressing to the realm of negotiating and the world of work, and culminating with helpful hints on money and wealth. Pulling Your Own Strings, an apt title for a piece composed entirely of thread, has to do with striving and power. Overcast, a double-entendre relating to both weather and stitching, deals with happiness, depression and menopause.
Black and White
June 21 – July 29, 2016
Three of my recent asemic text pieces are featured in this group show of artists working in a monochromatic palette.
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 IV
Six weeks, July 27 — August 31, 2016
Wednesdays, 1:00 — 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $495 (includes most supplies)
Registration has begun for Reuse Muse IV 2016. This ever popular six-week mixed media class is currently in its fifth year. The theme for the new year is Ephemerama, transforming all kinds of found paper and photos into books, collages and sculpture.
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Commission for a private collection
My latest commission, Sinuate #2, now resides in a private collected in Dallas. One of the things I enjoy is to do special commissions for both private and public collections. I most enjoy making work 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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