Daily Dose Pick: Deb Sokolow

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Inspired by mob secrets, conspiracy theories, nefarious politicos, and shady neighbors, Deb Sokolow goes in search of truth and justice in our tricky world.

Whether in her artist books or sprawling, site-specific drawings that cover a gallery wall, Sokolow’s paranoid narrator inevitably wanders into the middle of convoluted intrigues. Two inner voices chime in, too (one scribed in red ink, the other in pencil), expressing doubts and questions as the plot thickens.

Browse Sokolow’s website, listen to an extended interview, catch her work at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art or San Francisco’s Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, and buy one of her editioned books.

Deb Sokolow, Dear Trusted Associate, 2009; graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic on paper and wall, approx. 40 feet long; installation view at the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago

Deb Sokolow, Dear Trusted Associate, 2009, (detail); graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic on paper and wall, approx. 40 feet long

Deb Sokolow, Dear Trusted Associate, 2009, (detail); graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic on paper and wall, approx. 40 feet long

Deb Sokolow, Dear Trusted Associate, 2009, (detail); graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic on paper and wall, approx. 40 feet long

Deb Sokolow, The Environmental Engineering Firm, 2009; ink, acrylic, graphite, collage on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Deb Sokolow, Whatever happened to the Pentagon (restaurant)?, 2007; photocopied, hand-colored, accordion fold, bound in manila file folder, edition of 100

Deb Sokolow, Whatever happened to the Pentagon (restaurant)?, 2007, (detail)

Deb Sokolow, Denver International Airport, 2009; mixed media on paper, 14 x 11 inches