Verneda Lights, Darcy Gerbarg, Deann Stein Hasinoff, Davonte Bradley, TinTin23x
Techspressionist Salon #25 – August 31, 2021
Moderator: Davonte Bradley
Born into the Gullahgeechee Nation of the South Carolina Low Country (USA), Verneda Lights is a visual artist/ photographer who is well known for her many Afro-surreal and Afro-futuristic works. Her artworks span from traditional (paintings and drawings on canvas and paper), to digital. As an historian, physician, poet, and science writer, Verneda draws upon the history and sub/conscious imagery of the African diaspora. She creates from the belief that science informs art and art shapes science. In 2017, photo-collages from her “Gullah Me” collection were on display at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, (as part of Occupy Museums’ group exhibit), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL), and City Gallery (Charleston, SC). Highlights of 2018 included exhibits at the Hilton Head Town Hall, City Gallery (Charleston, SC), and Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art (St. Joseph, Missouri). In 2019, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate commissioned her to create an art chair to honor activist Raffi Freedman-Gurspan. Her chair remains at the Kennedy Institute. From March to April, 2021, her work will be exhibited in “Represent: New Portraiture,” at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.
00:25:35 – Darcy Gerbarg
NYC, NY USA
I straddle two worlds: the Art World and the Computer World. My work is a record of my digital technology use, for making Art, as the technology developed. I am fascinated by visual complexity that incorporates real and virtual objects, captured as a painting in a 2D picture plane or experienced in a fully immersive 3DVR world. While my images, may at first appear to have elements reminiscent of more traditional, abstracted, still-life or landscape painting, further study reveals unexpected visual turns. The paintings have a new pallet and fill the space in a new, complex, multi-dimensional way, resulting in an updated esthetic… markers of-our-time.
Deann Stein Hasinoff is an abstract artist using apps to create her work. After developing severe sensitivities, Stein Hasinoff was unable to continue with traditional art materials and began to explore digital art making. She draws inspiration for her work from life’s challenges, originally influenced by her work with adults with brain injury and then by her own experiences in developing and living with chronic illness. Inspired by nature near her home, she also explores photography and abstraction. Stein Hasinoff’s formal education is in Speech Language Pathology, receiving her Master’s degree from the University of Alberta in 1999. She began taking community art classes in 2008. Stein Hasinoff received her Certificate in Visual Arts with Distinction from the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta in 2018.
01:15:27 – Davonte Bradley
Richmond, Virginia USA
There are a few main things that inspire my art. The pain and trauma of my past, curiosity in the present, and hope for the future. There’s just as much fun in my work as there is some amount of melancholy. And I think there’s beauty in that.
Through my art I explore the depths and complexity of my inner self, my spirituality, political beliefs, my race, and my place in the black community. My style has developed organically but is largely defined through experimentation and play with the only consistency being that I am perpetually inconsistent. I seek a level of resonance in my work that remains regardless of whether the observer fully understands what they’re seeing.
Tintin23x is a graduate of CalArts (MFA-’91)
He maintained an open studio gallery space in Williamsburg Bklyn throughout the mid 90’s. Some of his videos have been included in highly prestigious festivals such as the New York Expo of Short Film & Video. He currently maintains his secret identity among the artisians within New York’s television and advertising world waiting for those few perfect moments to subvert it.
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.”