Techspressionism: Digital and Beyond

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OPENING RECEPTION

UPCOMING EVENTS

WEIRD MEDIA SALON

Wednesday, June 22, 5:30 PM EDT on Zoom

CURATOR-LED TOUR

Saturday, June 25, 11AM EDT @ SAC

ZOOM EVENT RECORDINGS

Techspressionist Salons

Techspressionist Salons were conceived as a modern counterpart to the Surrealist salons of the 1920’s, in which artists could meet informally to socialize and discuss ideas.   These meetups are self-supporting and are organized by the Techspressionist artist community.

The First Techspressionist Salon was held on September 1, 2020, and included artists Colin GoldbergPatrick LichtySteve Miller and Oz Van Rosen, as well as group advisor Helen Harrison.  During this session, the working definition of Techspressionism was decided upon by the participants as: An artistic approach in which technology is utilized as a means to express emotional experience.”

An archive of past Salons is available here.

Introductory remarks by Tom Dunn, SAC Executive Director.

Featuring live commentary from exhibition artists from Afghanistan, Canada, France, India, Iran, Russia, Canada and the United States.

ART IN FOCUS SERIES

FOCUS: Digital / Analog Hybrids

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 via Zoom

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.

FOCUS: What the Heck is Techspressionism?

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 via Zoom

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.

FOCUS: Responding to Techspressionism

Tuesday, May 31 via Zoom

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.