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The Art of the Book - Lisa Kokin

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About the :

Lisa Kokin makes art with recycled materials that she finds at flea markets, thrift stores, and recycling centers. She has worked with buttons, photographs, and books, most recently with simple thread and zippers.

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 most recent body of work, become the primary material. Kokin 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 to be sure, 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 in her studio interviewed by Jewish Contemporary Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biography:

Lisa Kokin received her BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, Kokin was most recently given the Dorothy Saxe Award from the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and the Purchase Award from the Richmond Civic Center Public Art Interior Acquisitions Project in Richmond, CA. Kokin’s work has been featured in many books and articles including the upcoming Art Made From Books, Chronicle Press, by Laura Heyenga.
 


download LisaKokin_CV_1_16_15.pdf
 
 

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Ream for Reuse Muse a mixed media artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
A Ream for Reuse Muse

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Abridged a mixed media artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Abridged

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Baa Doubt Fickle Enemy an artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Baa Doubt Fickle Enemy - Formerly
  2010
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Best Foot Forward an abstract mixed media work created with thread and book page fragments by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Best Foot Forward - (formerly The Foot Book)

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Cat in the Hat an abstract mixed media work created with thread and book page fragments by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Cat in the Hat
altered book   2008
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Constellations of Winter an abstract mixed media work created with thread and book page fragments by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Constellations of Winter

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Cooking Under Pressure an original artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Cooking Under Pressure
  2008
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Dernier Message an artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Dernier Message
  2009
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Four Balls Short an abstract artist book created with book page fragments by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Four Balls Short
  2008
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Horse Latitudes an artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Horse Latitudes
  2009  Sold
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Irritable Vowel Syndrome an artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Irritable Vowel Syndrome
  2010
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Recapitulation an abstract mixed media artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Recapitulation
  2008
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Sew Not in Anger an abstract mixed media artist book created with thread and book page fragments by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Sew Not in Anger
  2008
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Structured Atmospheric Turbulence an artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Structure of Atmospheric Turbulence
  2009
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The Brides Dowry an artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
The Bride's Dowry
  2008
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The Famous Roth Memory Course an artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
The Famous Roth Memory Course
  2007
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The Unemployment Problem an artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
The Unemployment Problem
  2007
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Un-life an abstract mixed media artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Un Life

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Verbiage an artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Verbiage
  2008
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Wedlock an abstract mixed media work created with thread and vintage photos by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Wedlock
thread, found photos
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Whispering Gallery an abstract mixed media handmade artist book by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Whispering Gallery

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