For solo exhibition at Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA — October 2014
Tribune Tower Building
409 13th Street, Oakland, CA
April 25 – July 25, 2014
My piece Panacea Pizpireta, made of the spines of self-help books, will be featured in an art space curated by SLATE Art Consulting. Once again I am fortunate to have the opportunity to show my work to a new audience in a prominent downtown venue. I am pleased to be associated with SLATE Art Consulting and I look forward to working with them in other venues in the future.
ART MADE FROM BOOKS
My work is featured in Art Made from Books, a newly released title from Chronicle Books. Expertly edited by Laura Heyenga, this beautifully designed book features the work of twenty-seven artists who use books as the raw material for their work.
Chronicle Books →
500 Handmade Books, Volume 2
My work is included in another exceptional book, 500 Handmade Books, Volume 2, by Julie Chen. It showcases the unlimited creative possibilities of books as objects and as sculptural pieces.
Lark Publications →
Playing with Image Transfers: Exploring Creative Imagery for Use in Art, Mixed Media, and Design
Artist and writer Courtney Cerruti has written an informative and helpful new book on image transfer techniques in which she included my work.
Quarry Books →
Annual Group Exhibition
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
June 28 - August 2 , 2014
The annual summer goup exhibition at Craighead Green Gallery is a visual feast to behold. The exhibition will include two of my pieces, Tome on the Range and Cowboy #10 (Mr. P). If you are in the Dallas area don't miss it!
Graighead Green Gallery →
Commission for the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA
Recently I completed Filifolia #2, a commission for the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, which will be installed in March, 2014. One of the things I most enjoy in my studio practice is to do commissions for public venues, especially 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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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.
Open Book Collage
Sunday, July 27, 10 — 4 p.m.
A One-Day Altered Book Workshop
In this workshop we will glue or stitch a book into a permanently open position to create a
canvas for collage and small found object
sculpture. After learning various techniques for attaching
the pages to each other, we will collage, paint and/or draw
images and objects onto the surface of the open pages. Using a wide range of power tools — Lia, the Power Tool Diva, will be on hand to assist you — we can change the shape of the edges of the book, as well as sand, lacerate and otherwise alter the original to create a book collage which can be displayed on the wall or pedestal.
The work of contemporary book and collage artists will be presented for inspiration.
No previous art experience is necessary and beginners are welcome!
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REUSE MUSE IV
Words / Letters / Fragments + Recycled Materials
A six-week class • Wednesdays, 1:00 — 3:30 p.m.
July 9 — August 13
In this July/August session we will further explore expanding the definition of text combined with recycled materials. Through concept- and material-based assignments we will work two- and three-dimensionally to create collage, sculpture and artist books. The class nurtures a spirit of curiosity and risk-taking, which emphasizes process as well as product.
Critiques are both supportive and challenging. No previous art experience is necessary and beginners are welcome!
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