Lisa Kokin

Lisa Kokin

Meeting Information
Wed., September 21, 2016 at 7 pm

Free for TSGNY’s Full, Donor, and Student Members. $10.00 for Newsletter Subscription Members and Guests. Admission fees support TSGNY’s Nancy and Harry Koenigsberg Award.

Meeting Location
Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist 40 E. 35th St. (between Park & Madison Avenues), New York, NY. (Entrance at street level on the far right of the church itself; doorway marked #40.)



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Kokin writes, "My work is about memory and history, both personal and collective, and the area in which the two intersect. I am interested in representing the human condition by using the objects we leave behind. "

Using repurposed thrift items, Lisa Kokin creates sculptures that develop connections between their material origins and new formulations. In recent work, Kokin’s preferred medium has been used self-help and psychology books, which she disassembles by shredding them into a pulp, cutting them up, or removing spines and covers for collages. In How To Stop Worrying and Start Living from 2010, Kokin sewed different self-help book spines into floral shapes with each “petal” bearing a prescriptive title such as the one from which the sculpture derives its name. Kokin strung and hung the floral forms, seeking to create the same positive affects of her subjects.

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.

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