artMRKT San Francisco
Contemporary & Modern Art Fair
May 16 - 19, 2013
This weekend is artMRKT, the annual San Francisco art fair. It’s a great opportunity to see a lot of great art in one place and looks to be a fantastic line-up of galleries this year. I am pleased to be included in the booths of both Seager Gray Gallery (booth #217) and Gail Severn Gallery (booth #213) with new work.
Seager Gray Gallery →
Gail Severn Gallery →
The Art of the Book
8th Annual Exhibition of Handmade Artist Books, Altered Books and Book-related Materials
May 1 - 31, 2013
Seager Gray Gallery presents The Art of the Book, their eighth exhibition of handmade artist books, altered books and book-related materials. Known throughout the country for their dedication to the book as a medium for art, this annual exhibition attracts artists from around the world and has become a source of education and inspiration for collectors and artists who will make their annual pilgrimage to Mill Valley in May. New work by Lisa (shown above) Page 98, 226 and 368 (Das Kapital) is presented in this exhibition.
Seager Gray Gallery →
Dialoguing with Sacred Texts: An Exhibit of Sacred Texts Past, Present and Future
Santa Clara University
February 15 – June 30, 2013
This exhibition, curated by Michelle Townsend, features a diverse array of talented artists interpreting the concept of sacred text in a multiplicity of ways.
Boise Art Museum Acquisition
I am thrilled to announce that the Boise Art Museum has acquired Lost River, a large thread piece with text from Lost River Buckaroos, a cowboy book from the 1930s. Lost River is a major piece from a body of work incorporating text and imagery from cowboy novels which I began several years ago, and which will be included in my solo show at the BAM in October.
Boise Art Museum →
Sunnyvale Medical Center Oncology Unit
I am honored to have been selected for a commission to make a large thread leaf piece for the new Sunnyvale Medical Center Oncology Unit, part of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Having waited in a similar clinic with my father many years ago, I am especially aware of how one feels in such a situation, and hope to make a piece which will impart a sense of peace and tranquility. The piece is scheduled to be installed in early summer of 2013.
Tiffany & Co.
Recently, I installed a commissioned work in the new Tiffany store in the Westfield Centre San Francisco. Her piece, Ideal Marriage, is made from book spines arranged in a floral motif.
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.
Reuse Muse IV
Sewing + Recycled Materials
July 10 to August 14, 2013
You can now sign up to be on the waiting list for the fourth iteration of Reuse Muse, Sewing + Recycled Materials. This class, taught in a series of six-week sessions, will explore the intersection of sewing and recycled materials in the creation of books, collages and sculpture. Using concept- and materials-based assignments as a point of departure, students will explore the use of hand- and/or machine-stitching as attachment, embellishment, linear and drawing element, creation of text and other applications. A wide variety of materials will be used, including ones that are not often associated with sewing, such as metal, wood and plastic. We will look at the work of contemporary artists whose work incorporates sewing for inspiration and context. No prior art experience is necessary.
The class will nurture a spirit of curiosity and risk-taking, which emphasizes process as well as product. Critiques will be both supportive and challenging. Beginners are welcome!