Malavika Mandal Andrew and Lee Schnaiberg
Techspressionist Salon #24 – August 17, 2021
Moderator: Davonte Bradley
Malavika Mandal Andrew is an artist from Mumbai, India whose practice includes mixed media, digital collage and digital art, tapestry and other fibre art. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Textile Designing in 1993 and her Masters of Fine Art in Textile and Tapestry in 1995 from Kala Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan .
During her time at Kala Bhavana she was awarded the National Scholarship by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development and did her training under Riten Mozumdar. In 2012 the artist was awarded “The Pollock Krasner Foundation” grant under which she worked with Warli artists from Talasari, Maharashtra to create mix media paintings.
In 2021, Malavika became the first Indian artist to be listed in the Techspressionist Visual Artist Index.
She has participated in numerous solo & group, national & international shows. She also conducts offline & online workshops.
Her work & details of her workshops can be found on her Instagram.
“Too brute to be fine too shrewd to be naïve”
An outsider’s outsider, Schnaiberg’s first art teacher was his grandfather, who studied with Arthur Lismer then built an Art Brut collage ‘salon’ for over 20 years…
After seventeen semesters in art-school [kicked out of some, quit some] Lee finally recieved a BFA. Spent a decade VJing (Orbital, Aphex Twin, Tsuyoshi Suzuki, the live AV band Technopest and GodSpeed You! Black Emperor) and making experimental documentaries about climate-change solutions, which led into a decade and a half making eco-capital sculptures using capital as the primary medium.
Since 2012 Lee has returned to the picture-plane both with his TSIB The Space In Between multimedia series, and his new abstract-expressionist and post-impressionist cellphone pantings.
Lee has won awards for his paintings (Laureat du Quebec; CollegeArt ’86), videos (Canadian Student Film Festival), and climate movies (EarthVision’98 in Santa Cruz). The Space In Between has recently been written about in Tripping on nothing: placebo psychedelics and contextual factors (published in Springer Nature 2020) where they imply his paintings make people as high as if they ate mushrooms.
Techspressionist Salons are bi-weekly artist meetups where artists can present their work and discuss matters relating to art and technology. They are attended by artists listed in our Techspressionist Visual Artists Index and are also open to interested individuals on our mailing list. The First Techspressionist Salon was held on September 1, 2020, and included artists Colin Goldberg, Patrick Lichty, Steve 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.”