Techspressionism: Digital and Beyond

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techspressionism

/tek-spresh-uh-niz-uh m/

  1.   An artistic approach in which technology is utilized as a means to express emotional experience.
  2.   A 21st century artistic and social movement.

Over the course of the pandemic, Techspressionism has grown from a meeting of four artists and an art historian into an international movement of artists working with technology from more than 40 countries.  Since the Summer of 2020, there have been over 40K posts published on Instagram using the hashtag #techspressionism.

“The search for effective means of visualizing subjective, intangible content goes back to the early 20th century expressionists. Jackson Pollock and his generation took it to new levels of abstraction. The techspressionists in this exhibition are carrying it forward, using innovative tools and techniques to communicate their personal visions.”

Helen Harrison
Director, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

Exhibition Extended
through July 23

Exhibition Advisor: Helen Harrison
Director, Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center.

Curated by Colin Goldberg

ARTISTS

Victor Acevedo, CA USA
Malavika Mandal Andrew, India
Suzanne Anker, NY USA
Guillermo Arismendi, Canary Islands
Sue Beyer, Australia
Mary Boochever, NY USA
Michaël Borras AKA Systaime, France
Peter Borges, NY USA
Bernard Bousquet, France
Davonte Bradley, VA USA
Janis Brandenburg Lee, NV USA
Tor Burwell, NY USA
Adlefino Corino, NY USA
Lee Day, NY USA
Diana de Avila, FL USA
Dubwoman aka Giovanna Sun, NY USA
Cynthia DiDonato, RI USA
Roz Dimon, NY USA
Negin Ehtesabian, Iran
Tomaz Favilla, Brazil
Brandon Gellis, WY USA
Darcy Gerbarg, NY USA
Frank Gillette, NY USA
Colin Goldberg, NY USA
Holly Gordon, NY USA
Carter Hodgkin, NY USA
Clive Holden, Canada
Susan Huang, Taiwan
Carol Hunt, NY USA
Ikatch, Germany
Hayede Jamshidi, Afghanistan
Renata Janiszewska, Canada
Dana Jones, MO USA
Sherry Karver, CA USA
Lucie Králíková, Czech Republic
Tikoi Kuitenbrouwer, Netherlands
Karen LaFleur, MA USA
Le Chat Noir, France
Seungjin Lee, NY USA
Francene Levinson, WA USA
Patrick Lichty, MN USA
Verneda Lights, SC USA
Gregory Little, OH USA
LoVid, NY USA
Chalda Maloff, TX USA
Diane Marsella, TN USA

Victor Acevedo, CA USA
Malavika Mandal Andrew, India
Suzanne Anker, NY USA
Guillermo Arismendi, Canary Islands
Sue Beyer, Australia
Mary Boochever, NY USA
Michaël Borras AKA Systaime, France
Peter Borges, NY USA
Bernard Bousquet, France
Davonte Bradley, VA USA
Janis Brandenburg Lee, NV USA
Tor Burwell, NY USA
Adlefino Corino, NY USA
Lee Day, NY USA
Diana de Avila, FL USA
Dubwoman aka Giovanna Sun, NY USA
Cynthia DiDonato, RI USA
Roz Dimon, NY USA
Negin Ehtesabian, Iran
Tomaz Favilla, Brazil
Brandon Gellis, WY USA
Darcy Gerbarg, NY USA
Frank Gillette, NY USA
Colin Goldberg, NY USA
Holly Gordon, NY USA
Carter Hodgkin, NY USA
Clive Holden, Canada
Susan Huang, Taiwan
Carol Hunt, NY USA
Ikatch, Germany
Hayede Jamshidi, Afghanistan
Renata Janiszewska, Canada
Dana Jones, MO USA
Sherry Karver, CA USA
Lucie Králíková, Czech Republic
Tikoi Kuitenbrouwer, Netherlands
Karen LaFleur, MA USA
Le Chat Noir, France
Seungjin Lee, NY USA
Francene Levinson, WA USA
Patrick Lichty, MN USA
Verneda Lights, SC USA
Gregory Little, OH USA
LoVid, NY USA
Chalda Maloff, TX USA
Diane Marsella, TN USA
Randi Matsushevitz, CA USA
Meltdownlove, Ukraine
Sean Mick, FL USA
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, NY USA
Steve Miller, NY USA
Tommy Mintz, NY USA
Moonth, Russia
Sahar Moussavi, Iran
Lee Musgrave, WA USA
Joseph Nechvatal, France
N3t4, Peru
Roy Nicholson, NY USA
Philippe Ormières, France
Michael Paulukonis, MA USA
Mark Pechlivanos, OH USA
Ply300, UK
Frederic Pons, France
Dalton Portella, NY USA
Michael Pierre Price, AZ USA
Prïnce Magnølia x St Rivera USA
Elio Ramos-Colón, Puerto Rico
Michael Rees, NJ USA
Felix Rothschild, Germany
Cynthia Beth Rubin, CT USA
Alessio Sanna, Italy
SCARLETMOTIFF, Uganda
Reese Schroeder, CA USA
Lee Schnaiberg, Canada
Christine Sciulli, NY USA
ScoJo, MD USA
Skywaterr, CA USA
Nina Sobell, NY USA
Sarah Song & Andy Wauman, Hong Kong/Belgium
Nesrin Söylemez, Turkey
Anne Spalter, NY USA
Deann Stein Hasinoff, Canada
Mary Ann Strandell, NY USA
Jan Swinburne, Canada
Stephanie Sydney, CA USA
Andy Thomas, Australia
Tintin23X, NY USA
Oz Van Rosen, NY USA
Dan Welden, NY USA
Nina Yankowitz, NY USA
John Zieman, NY USA

MEDIA COVERAGE

Video and Radio

Techspressionism on NPR – “ARTalk: Colin Goldberg”, hosted by Gianna Volpe on WLIW. April 19, 2022.

Art in Focus: “What the Heck is Techspressionism?” with Colin Goldberg. Hosted by Helen Harrison. YouTube, May 17, 2022.

Art in Focus: “Digital/Analog Hybrids” with Anne Spalter. Hosted by Helen Harrison. YouTube, May 3, 2022.

The Niftorious Show, “Colin Goldberg – The Origin of Techspressionism, An Art Movement for Our Age”, April 21, 2022

Publications and Periodicals

The Southampton Press, “An Artistic Movement With Global Reach Has Very Local Roots” by Annette Hinkle, April 28, 2022 (Eastern Edition)

Dan’s Papers, “Techspressionism: A New Art Movement Comes to Southampton” by Oliver Peterson, April 20, 2022.

Art & Architecture Quarterly East End, “AAQ Portfolio: Techspressionism – Digital & Beyond”. Photographs by Jeff Heatley/AAQ. May 25, 2022.

James Lane Post, “Colin Goldberg: Curator Of Techspressionism”, by Jessica Mackin-Cipro, May 24, 2022.

Hamptons.com, “Techspressionism Digital & Beyond Art Opening at the Southampton Arts Museum” Photos by Rob Rich, May 3, 2022.

James Lane Post,  “‘Techspressionism: Digital & Beyond’ Opens At Southampton Arts Center”, April 25, 2022 (photo gallery)

James Lane Post,  “Techspressionism: Digital & Beyond At Southampton Arts Center, Curated By Colin Goldberg”, Spring 2022 Issue, p.3

East Hampton Star, “Expressive Technology in Southampton”, by Mark Segal, April 21, 2022

Shelter Island Reporter, “Island artist featured in new show: Opening reception Saturday in Southampton”, by Reporter Staff, April 20, 2022.

Hamptons.com, “Colin Goldberg Captures The World with Techspressionism” by David Lion Rattiner, November 15, 2021

MEET THE ARTISTS

DRONE FLYTHROUGH

Drone Footage Courtesy Joanna Steidle // Hamptons Drone Photos

UPCOMING EVENT

ART IN FOCUS :
Tech Tuesdays

Illustrated talks that illuminate the world of art.

Hosted by Helen Harrison

In conjunction with the exhibition, Techspressionism: Digital & Beyond, at the Southampton Arts Center, April 21 – June 4, 2022.

Co-sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton Library, the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, and the Southampton Arts Center. The talks are free, but registration is required.  Made possible by support from the John H. Marburger III Fund of Stony Brook University.

Helen A. Harrison, the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, is the former curator of the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton and Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton. She has also been a guest curator at the Queens Museum in Flushing, has taught at the School of Visual Arts, and currently holds an adjunct faculty position in Stony Brook University’s Department of Art. From 1978-2006, she wrote art reviews and feature articles for the Long Island section of The New York Times, and she was the visual arts commentator for WLIU 88.3 FM, Long Island University’s NPR-affiliated radio station, from 2004-2009. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous scholarly and popular publications, and she’s the author of several books, including, most recently, two mystery novels set in the New York art world.

Tuesday, May 31 at 6 p.m. EDT on Zoom

FOCUS: Responding to Techspressionism

Shimon Attie
Bergman Visiting Professor, Stony Brook University

 In his artistic practice, Shimon uses both traditional and experimental media, including immersive multiple-channel video and other digital tools. He will respond to the exhibition in light of technology’s expressive potential for re-imagining relationships between space, time, place, memory and identity.

Shimon Attie is an internationally renowned visual artist whose work spans photography, video, site-specific installation, public projects, and new media. A recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s Lee Krasner Award, he was awarded The Rome Prize in 2001, a Visual Artist Fellowship from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advance Study in 2007, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. He became the inaugural Bergman Visiting Professor at Stony Brook in the fall of 2020.

SALON 44 // EAST END TECH

SALON 43 // FEMME TECH

Techspressionism: Digital and Beyond at Southampton Arts Center

EXHIBITION

Southampton Arts Center  presents Techspressionism: Digital and Beyond, the first large-scale physical group exhibition of techspressionist artworks. The exhibition includes a selection of paintings, sculptures, NFTs, time-based works, digital still images, installation works and prints.

The term Techspressionism was coined in 2011 by artist and curator Colin Goldberg. It was first described as a movement in the WIRED article “If Picasso Had a MacBook Pro” in 2014.

Techspressionism: Digital and Beyond includes the works of over 90 artists working with technology from more than 20 countries around the world including Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Canary Islands, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine and the United States.

Notable contemporary artists (as defined by Wikipedia) included in Techspressionism: Digital and Beyond include Victor AcevedoSuzanne AnkerFrank GilletteClive HoldenPatrick LichtyChalda MaloffPaul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky Steve MillerJoseph NechvatalMichael ReesChristine SciulliNina SobellAnne Morgan Spalter and Nina Yankowitz.

The exhibition includes NFT’s from the following artists: Victor AcevedoMichaël Borras AKA Systaime, Tor Burwell, Dubwoman aka Giovanna Sun, Roz DimonColin GoldbergClive Holden, Le Chat Noir, Seungjin Lee, Frederic PonsPrïnce Magnølia x St Rivera, Lee SchnaibergSkywaterr, Andy Thomas, Tintin23X

ARTIST INTERVIEWS

Malavika Mandal Andrew, Suzanne Anker, Davonte Bradley, Roz Dimon, Brandon Gellis, Darcy Gerbarg, Carter Hodgkin, Renata Janiszewska, Karen LaFleur, Patrick Lichty, Gregory Little, Randi Matushevitz, Steve Miller, Tommy Mintz, Paul D. Milller aka DJ Spooky, Joseph Nechvatal, Michael Pierre Price, Michael Rees.

ART IN FOCUS SERIES

ART IN FOCUS :
Tech Tuesdays

Illustrated talks that illuminate the world of art.

Hosted by Helen Harrison

In conjunction with the exhibition, Techspressionism: Digital & Beyond, at the Southampton Arts Center, April 21 – June 4, 2022.

Co-sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton Library, the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, and the Southampton Arts Center. The talks are free, but registration is required.  Made possible by support from the John H. Marburger III Fund of Stony Brook University.

Helen A. Harrison, the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, is the former curator of the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton and Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton. She has also been a guest curator at the Queens Museum in Flushing, has taught at the School of Visual Arts, and currently holds an adjunct faculty position in Stony Brook University’s Department of Art. From 1978-2006, she wrote art reviews and feature articles for the Long Island section of The New York Times, and she was the visual arts commentator for WLIU 88.3 FM, Long Island University’s NPR-affiliated radio station, from 2004-2009. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous scholarly and popular publications, and she’s the author of several books, including, most recently, two mystery novels set in the New York art world.

Tuesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. EDT on Zoom

FOCUS: Digital / Analog Hybrids

Anne Spalter
Rhode Island School of Design

Anne discusses how she used cutting edge artificial intelligence to create new types of compositions–but unexpectedly ended up using familiar drawing and painting tools to realize her final works in Techspressionism: Digital and Beyond.

Digital mixed-media artist Anne Spalter is an academic pioneer who founded the original digital fine arts courses at Brown University and RISD in the 1990s and authored the internationally taught textbook, The Computer in the Visual Arts (Addison-Wesley, 1999). Her artistic process combines a consistent set of personal symbols with a hybrid arsenal of traditional mark-making methods and innovative digital tools. A new body of work, further developed at a recent residency at MASS MoCA, combines artificial intelligence algorithms with oil paint and pastels.  She is currently creating NFT artworks.

Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. EDT on Zoom

FOCUS: What the Heck is Techspressionism?

Colin Goldberg
Artist/ Curator of “Techspressionism: Digital & Beyond”

Colin coined the term Techspressionism in 2011 to describe “an artistic approach in which technology is utilized as a means to express emotional experience.” Since then, it has evolved into an international movement, with periodic online meetups, modeled on the 19th century salon concept, in which artists share their works and personal creative philosophies. Colin will discuss Techspressionism’s genesis, survey its present flowering, and imagine its potential.

Colin Goldberg was born in the Bronx, New York, to parents of Japanese and Jewish ancestry, both Ph.D. chemists. His grandmother Kimiye was an accomplished practitioner and instructor of Japanese Shodo calligraphy. He has been a freelancer in NYC advertising agencies, coding and designing some of the web’s first consumer-facing sites and launching brands such as Snapple, GOLF Magazine, and Popular Science online. He holds a BA in Studio Art from Binghamton University and a MFA in Computer Art from BGSU, and is a recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

DIGITAL ART REEL

Artists in order of appearance:

00:00:00 Patrick Lichty // MN USA
00:01:45 Andy Thomas // Australia
00:03:19 Deann Stein Hasinoff // Canada
00:04:06 Tikoi Kuitenbrouwer // Netherlands
00:08:02 Bernard Bousquet // France
00:08:48 John Zieman // NY USA
00:11:58 Victor Acevedo // CA USA
00:13:46 Skywaterr // CA USA
00:14:21 Dubwoman aka Giovanna Sun // NY USA
00:14:47 Sue Beyer // Australia
00:17:22 Mark Pechlivanos // OH USA
00:17:58 Le Chat Noir // France
00:18:45 Lee Schnaiberg // Canada
00:22:01 Prïnce Magnølia x St Rivera // USA
00:23:16 Michael Paulukonis // MA USA
00:25:53 Michaël Borras AKA Systaime // France
00:27:24 Sean Mick // FL USA
00:29:40 Stephanie Sydney // CA USA
00:30:26 SCARLETMOTIFF // Uganda
00:31:42 Nesrin Söylemez // Turkey
00:33:28 Karen LaFleur // MA USA
00:34:40 Randi Matsushevitz // CA USA
00:36:30 Janis Brandenburg Lee // NV USA
00:37:17 Tintin23X // NY USA
00:37:47 Jan Swinburne // Canada
00:40:58 Frederic Pons // France
00:42:08 Diana de Avila // FL USA
00:42:54 Lee Day // NY USA
00:43:39 Susan Huang // Taiwan
00:46:13 Nina Sobell // NY USA
00:49:27 Dana Jones // MO USA
00:50:13 N3t4 // Peru
00:54:18 Seungjin Lee // NY USA
00:54:53 Cynthia DiDonato // RI USA
00:58:09 Reese Schroeder // CA USA
00:58:56 Sarah Song & Andy Wauman // Hong Kong/Belgium
01:09:13 Colin Goldberg // Vermont, USA

00:00:00 Patrick Lichty // MN USA
00:01:45 Andy Thomas // Australia
00:03:19 Deann Stein Hasinoff // Canada
00:04:06 Tikoi Kuitenbrouwer // Netherlands
00:08:02 Bernard Bousquet // France
00:08:48 John Zieman // NY USA
00:11:58 Victor Acevedo // CA USA
00:13:46 Skywaterr // CA USA
00:14:21 Dubwoman aka Giovanna Sun // NY USA
00:14:47 Sue Beyer // Australia
00:17:22 Mark Pechlivanos // OH USA
00:17:58 Le Chat Noir // France
00:18:45 Lee Schnaiberg // Canada
00:22:01 Prïnce Magnølia x St Rivera // USA
00:23:16 Michael Paulukonis // MA USA
00:25:53 Michaël Borras AKA Systaime // France
00:27:24 Sean Mick // FL USA
00:29:40 Stephanie Sydney // CA USA
00:30:26 SCARLETMOTIFF // Uganda

00:31:42 Nesrin Söylemez // Turkey
00:33:28 Karen LaFleur // MA USA
00:34:40 Randi Matsushevitz // CA USA
00:36:30 Janis Brandenburg Lee // NV USA
00:37:17 Tintin23X // NY USA
00:37:47 Jan Swinburne // Canada
00:40:58 Frederic Pons // France
00:42:08 Diana de Avila // FL USA
00:42:54 Lee Day // NY USA
00:43:39 Susan Huang // Taiwan
00:46:13 Nina Sobell // NY USA
00:49:27 Dana Jones // MO USA
00:50:13 N3t4 // Peru
00:54:18 Seungjin Lee // NY USA
00:54:53 Cynthia DiDonato // RI USA
00:58:09 Reese Schroeder // CA USA
00:58:56 Sarah Song and Andy Wauman // Hong Kong/Belgium
01:09:13 Colin Goldberg // Vermont, USA

SPONSORS

Presenting Sponsor: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Media Partner: James Lane Post

SPECIAL THANKS

This show is dedicated to Arthur Samuel Goldberg (1939-2021). Thanks Dad for believing in me. I owe a debt of gratitude  to Helen Harrison for all of her encouragement and guidance over the last decade of Techpressionism’s development.  Of course, thanks to Techspressionism’s founding artists who attended our first Salon with Helen and myself: Steve Miller, Patrick Lichty, Oz Van Rosen.  Our initial advisory board helped guide techpressionism’s early development, and included the previously noted artists, as well as our fearless Salon moderator Davonte Bradley, Roz Dimon, who developed our interview format, ScoJo, our Pinterest lead, Anne Spalter who curated our first major online show NFT Now, and Denia Kazakou of RedD Gallery in Greece. Also many thanks to Renata Janiszewska, our Instagram curator, Jan Swinburne, our Twitter lead, and Dubwoman aka Giovanna Sun, who organized our very first physical show, Techspressionism Brooklyn.  Many thanks to Amy Kirwin of Guild Hall for championing this exhibition while it was still in the proposal stage during your tenure at SAC. Big ups to master art  installers Ward Ackerman. Kerry Sharkey-Miller, and Lisa Weston for their installation chops and aesthetic input regarding this exhibition and to Christine Sciulli for donating her time and resources to create her incredible site-specific installation. Thanks again to Steve Miller for an installation crash pad at Château Potato, and Jeremy Davis of Ma’s House for providing hardware support.  Also many thanks to Ellen Wiener for putting up the fam at the Ink Hotel studio for the opening and to fellow EMERGE.LI colleague Oliver Peterson for scooping the story in Dan’s Papers.  Endless gratitude to the amazing team at SAC: Tom Dunn, Joe Diamond, Diana Torres, Rachel Bosworth, Norma Vargas, Tsewang Motch, Marlene Esposito, Nicole Hadix, Deborah Acquino and Nancy Miller for helping to make this happen, as well as Rachel Bosworth of RB Collaborative.  Many thanks to Janet Kaplan and David Cohen of Five Towns College, for supporting my studio as a long-time design consultancy client. Shouting out to our opening reception DJ Wubwitz and Joanna Steidle of Hamptons Drone Images. Many thanks you to Salomea (Sally) Cichowska and Norma Vargas at Artland for your impeccable work and attention to detail.  And most of all, thank you to Donna and Aya for putting up with my Techspressionist mania, and to my sister Malia and mother Kikuye for your ceaseless support.  🙏❤️ ~ Colin

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