SchoolArts Magazine

March 2015

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Page 33 of 70 25 artistic self. Her early works utilized cast-iron pieces and suspension wires and focused on gravity, weight, and bal - ance. From there Hoke contin- ued pushing boundaries and questioning possibilities— practices which still motivate her today. Hoke's passion lies in problem solving and avoid - ing artistic comfort zones. An Explosion of Excess For the past five years, Hoke has been busy creating her large-scale public mural installations for galleries, museums, and universities throughout the United States. For a recent solo exhibition at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Hoke captured the essence of our culture's appe - tite for mass production by installing Come on Down. This dynamic 150-foot assem - blage overflows with prismatic color, pattern, and move - ment—all elements that are used commercially to entice us to purchase or experience the thrill of consumerism. Now What? The removal and repurposing of her own installations gives Hoke the time and oppor- tunity to contemplate what happens next on her artistic journey. Parts of one installa- tion are cut and reconfigured into another, pushing the transition from cardboard to art ever forward. Currently she is exploring the strength of cardboard in free-standing sculptures and is building a large installation from numer- ous smaller sculptures. Never one to have a clear vision of the final product, it is the unknowns that keeps Hoke working. Coming to the National Art Education conference in New Orleans? Don't miss Lisa Hoke's keynote speech. Mary Coy is a retired art teacher and former member of the SchoolArts editorial advisory board. marycoy@ rochester. W E B L I N K Lisa Hoke. Image courtesy Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, N Y. Lisa Hoke, Come on Down, 2014. Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Cardboard packaging, glue, and hardware, 150 x 18' (46 x 5 m). Image courtesy Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, N Y.

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