Never have I had the reaction that I had last week when I introduced myself to a subject. “…And I’m Doug Hoke,” I said as I met for the first time New York sculptor Lisa Hoke. And rarely have I felt so connected to a subject at our introduction.
“Really!?!” And I continued, “…and my wife’s name is Lisa Hoke. And I have a first cousin who lives in Norman named Lisa Hoke. And I have a distant relative who lives in Washington D.C. whose wife’s name is Lisa Hoke.” At his point, NYC Lisa Hoke was laughing pretty hard.
NYC Lisa Hoke is a sculptor who has an installation exhibit opening officially Friday, December 13, at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, called “Come on Down”, which was built on site from found paper objects that people have given to Lisa and she has collected, based on their color and various aspects of our lives and pop culture. She had almost 100 boxes shipped here for her to assemble and create a work that is over 150 linear feet long and about 20 feet high. Lisa created most of the two-foot to three-foot sized sections in her New York studio. She starts by spreading them out and then assembles them on the wall into a 3-D one-of-a-kind sculpture that will be up until mid April. When it comes down, there will never be another like it.
When OKCMOA announced that Lisa Hoke would have an exhibit at the museum, people I knew started asking if it was my wife. After several of these inquiries, curiosity got the best of me and I had to see who this other Lisa Hoke was. A quick search on the internet give me a sample of what was to come. And the excitement started to build. As Director of Photography at The Oklahoman, I don’t cover many stories anymore, but this was one I could not give to anyone else on staff!
NYC Lisa Hoke said she had only met one other person that spelled their last name the same as we do. We talked about all the ways people misspell our name and all the wrong ways they pronounce it. I said, “sounds like Coke, but with an H,” and she laughed and said she has said the same thing. She told me she was a Navy brat, but her main family was from Missouri, and had lots of men, and they were all tall like me. I told her that my father had 7 brothers and my grandfather was from a large family in Stillwater. I have a distant relative that has traced Hoke back to Europe and she has a relative that has traced her family back to Germany.
I have an uncle, Bob, who was a career Navy doctor. My uncle Montee was one of the premier potter/sculptors in the Southwest. His daughter, Cindy, is a local artist. Another first cousin, Chad, is a sculptor in Washington D.C. She is drawn to bright colors and in my fine art photography, strong colors dominate my work.
Tonight at Art After 5 at OKCMOA, Lisa Hoke will meet Lisa Hoke for the first time.
To see a gallery from the week, click here
I don’t know if I am related to NYC Lisa Hoke or not, but it doesn’t matter. I feel a greater connection to her than some of my real cousins, even though we will have only met three times after tonight. But now that we have connected, we have lots to talk about…