Raveling: Lisa Kokin

October 2 - October 31, 2012


Artist Reception: Saturday, October 6, 6 to 8pm

Gallery talk with Lisa Kokin and writer Maria Porges
Saturday, October 6, 5 to 6pm

Lisa Kokin_ Raveling
The work of Lisa Kokin has always been marked by an intelligent wit and sense of irony. Her choice of a title for this exhibition, “Raveling” is no exception. The inspiration for this body of work is the artist’s mother, who passed away just short of her 100th birthday. Her life - a long thread that was intricately wound with that of her daughter, had finally “unraveled.” One might suppose that “raveling” would be the opposite of “unraveling.” In truth, raveling is not a verb, but a noun. It is a thread or fiber that has become separated from a woven material. Hence themes of connection and separation create a powerful critical tension, a thread, if you will, that runs through all the work.

Kokin has developed her medium, pushing her materials beyond their customary use. The work is not soft, like lace, though is has that association. Using a stabilizer, she is able to “draw” with thread creating satisfying filigreed works with text and image that freely interact with shadow and light. Kokin has distinguished herself over the years for her pithy social commentary and labor intensive attention to detail. In 2012, her work, Fauxliage, Obligation to Endure won the Dorothy Saxe award for creativity in the Contemporary Jewish Museum exhibition, “Do Not Destroy.” Her work is exhibited in galleries in Sun Valley, Idaho and Jackson Hole, Wyoming and is included in many curated publications and reviews.

Press Release
Lisa Kokin | Raveling

Lisa Kokin

Motif 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 Motif
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30.5 x 30.5 inches
 
Ninety-nine Leaves 1 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 Ninety-Nine Leaves #1
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66 x 42 inches
 
Ninety-nine Leaves 2 an abstract work created with thread and book page fragments by Lisa Kokin at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area Ninety-Nine Leaves #2
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72 x 32 inches
 
Pattern 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 Pattern
Mixed media
48 x 24 inches
 
Record (Aboreal) 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 Record (Arboreal)
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25 x 24 inches
 
Record (Is it Tomorrow) 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 Record (Is It Tomorrow?)
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22.5 x 22 inches
 
Record (Light to Dark) 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 Record (Dark to Light)
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21 x 20.25 inches
 
Record (Derma) 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 Record (Derma)
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23.5 x 23.5 inches
 
Transcript (Kaddish) 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 Transcript (Kaddish)
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28 x 28 inches
 
Take Me Home Now 1 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 Take Me Home Now #1
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16.25 x 27 inches
 
Take Me Home Now 2 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 Take Me Home Now #2
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16 x 21.5 inches
 
Where Do I Begin 2 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 Where Do I Begin? #2
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24 x 16.5 inches
 
Where Do I Begin 3 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 Where Do I Begin? #3
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24 x 16.5 inches
 
Where Do I Begin 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 Where Do I Begin?
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24 x 16.5 inches