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“Rip What You Sew: Twenty-Five Years of Mixed Media Art with a Fiber Sensibility” with Lisa Ko



“Rip What You Sew: Twenty-Five Years of Mixed Media Art with a Fiber Sensibility” with Lisa Kokin, Artist

Saturday, January 21st, 2017, 10 a.m. Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: Free for current members of the TAC; $5 for students and members of FAMSF; $10 General Admission

Lisa Kokin makes art with recycled materials that she finds at flea markets, thrift stores, and recycling centers. She has worked with books, buttons, gut, photographs, thread, zippers and most recently with shredded money. Kokin’s work is often a critique of the socio-political status quo imbued with a healthy dose of levity and a keen sensitivity to materials and processes.

Sewing and fiber-related sensibilities play a key role in much of Kokin’s work, which she attributes to growing up in a family of upholsterers. Thread, which in the past she used to construct and embellish her work has, in her recent work, become a primary material. She explores irony and memory in her seemingly ephemeral pieces, allowing transiency itself to be immortalized in lasting works of art.

It is difficult to classify Lisa Kokin’s work. She is a conceptual artist, but few conceptual artists break as many boundaries in working with their materials. Her work has content, humor and social commentary, while maintaining a rigorous adherence to painstaking process.

Lisa Kokin lives and works in El Sobrante, California with her spouse Lia, three Chihuahua studio assistants and Bindi the cat. Kokin received her BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA, and is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including the Dorothy Saxe Invitational Award for Creativity in Contemporary Arts from the Contemporary Jewish Museum, a WESTAF/NEA grant, and a Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation. She maintains a thriving studio teaching practice, including critique groups, mentorships, workshops and classes.

Kokin’s work is in many private and public collections in the United States and abroad. She is represented by Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, CA, Gail Severn Gallery in Ketchum, ID, Tayloe Piggott Gallery in Jackson, WY, Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA, and Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, TX.

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