Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center

Technology and Art with Colin Goldberg

Recorded Live on ZOOM: Wednesday Feb 24, 2021 – East Hampton, NY USA


How can artists use innovative new technology to express themselves? In this series of live events, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center Education Coordinator Joyce Raimondo and Director, Helen Harrison present artists who challenge traditional practices in painting with innovative technology.

Helen Harrison, Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, and author of the Jackson Pollock monograph “Phaidon Focus: Jackson Pollock–Acknowledgments and Sources” opens the presentation with an introduction framing Techspressionism within the historical context of Expressionism.

Ms. Harrison 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.

Techspressionism is defined as : “An artistic approach in which technology is utilized as a means to express emotional experience.”

Joyce Raimondo, Education Coordinator of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center follows Harrison’s introduction with a live tour of Jackson Pollock’s studio where he made his famous drip paintings. The space was later used as a studio by his wife, the painter Lee Krasner, who was responsible for the preservation of the studio, house and grounds for the purposes of education.  Krasner’s legacy also includes The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, which was established at the bequest of Ms. Krasner in 1985. Krasner left approximately $23 million in cash, securities and art to the foundation. The foundation provides grants to artists internationally based on “recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need”.

Following the studio tour, Ms. Raimondo presents a historical overview of notable artists’ use of technology in their practices, including Franz Kline, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol.  Prior to her work with the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, Joyce Raimondo was Family Program Co-ordinator at MOMA. In addition to her work with the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center,  Ms. Raimondo is the Founding Director of Imagine That! Art Education.

Artist Colin Goldberg was invited by the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center to be the spotlight artist for this live event. Goldberg coined the phrase “Techspressionism” in 2011 as the title of a solo exhibition in Southampton, New York. Techspressionism was first described as a movement in the 2014 WIRED article “If Picasso Had A MacBook Pro”.  Goldberg is a 2013 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant recipient.  Following Ms. Raimondo’s presentation, Goldberg presents his work in his Long Island studio and speaks on the topic of Techspressionism.

A selection of artists involved in the Techspressionist movement present at the live Zoom event share their work via screen share at the close of this presentation.