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Lisa Kokin:Ex Libro

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Un Life, 2009 Altered Book 14 X 8 X 6 © Lisa Kokin
46four_balls_short
Four Balls Short, 2008 Altered Atlas 24 X 20 X 20 © Lisa Kokin
13love_always__juanita
Love Always, Juanita, 2008 Altered Book With Photos 14 X 12 © Lisa Kokin
19psychoanalysis_of_the_total_personality
Psychoanalysis of the Total Personality, 2009 Altered Book 10 X 8 X 1.5 © Lisa Kokin
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Verbiage (detail), 2008 Altered Book 22 X 24 X 2 © Lisa Kokin
23dictonary_of_the_obscure
Dictionary of the Obscure, 2008 Altered Dictionary 36 X 9 X 9 © Lisa Kokin
29room_for_improvement__detail__3
Room for Improvement, 2008 Altered Self-help Books Varied © Lisa Kokin
17cat_in_the_hat
Cat in the Hat, 2009 Altered Dr. Seuss Book 16 X 20 X 1.5 © Lisa Kokin
55how_to_think
How to Think, 2008 Altered Book 30 X 18 X 5 © Lisa Kokin
42what_is_fear
What is Fear, 2008 Altered Book 11 X 9 X 8 © Lisa Kokin
28room_for_improvement__detail__2
Room For Improvement, 2009 Altered Self-help Books Varies © Lisa Kokin
Lisa Kokin:Ex Libro
Curated by: Donna Seager

851 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
February 3rd, 2009 - March 15th, 2009
Opening: February 13th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Tuesday - Saturday, 11 - 6
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California College of the Arts
TAGS:  
lisa, Kokin, artist's, books, Book, arts, mixed-media, installation, conceptual, modern, sculpture
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION

The February exhibition at Donna Seager Gallery promises to be unlike anything you've seen here before. Two years in the planning, this one-person installation by artist Lisa Kokin will expand the viewer's idea of art and artist books as well. The exhibition will run from February 3 to March 15, 2009. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, February 13 from 6 to 8pm and a gallery talk with the artist on Sunday, March 8 at 3pm. A catalog of the exhibition is available through the gallery at $20 with images of works and an essay by Paul Liberatore.

At this mature point in her career, says Liberatore, the 54-year-old Bay Area artist has achieved a level of prominence in the contemporary art world that invites comparisons in aesthetics, content and use of materials to Louise Bourgeois and Kiki Smith. For the past two decades, Kokin has been in the forefront of an emerging new art form: the artist's book, hence the title of the exhibition at Donna Seager Gallery: Ex Libro, meaning not only "from the book," but in Lisa Kokin's mischievous world of layered puns, "formerly a book."

Through her process of art making, Kokin explores cultural and personal issues of conformity and gender, the ambiguities of society and human behavior. Her investigations include bisexuality, her Jewish heritage, her devotion to universal struggles for social justice and against censorship. Her aesthetic in these meanderings is consistently refined and appealing. These works are forms to hold meaning, but the forms themselves are incredibly alluring and stand alone as works of art even before the viewer unravels the hidden clues to content and context and often humor contained within.

Click below to read complete catalog essay by Paul Liberatore
http://www.donnaseagergallery.com/current_exhibition/Paul%20Liberatore%20Essay.html