David Bloom, Lindsay Kokoska, Nina Sobell
Techspressionist Salon #33 – December 21, 2021
Moderator: Davonte Bradley
2:40 – DAVID BLOOM
David Bloom grew up and lives in Birmingham, Michigan, a community in the Metro Detroit area. He attended the University of Michigan for undergraduate studies and obtained an MBA from Michigan State University. In addition to his blooming artistic inclinations, David is an automotive purchasing professional at Ford, a civic activist, and a non-profit board member at a Goodwill environmental subsidiary.
In US Federal Court Bloom victoriously defended First Amendment and Michigan Open Meetings Act rights to speak at public meetings in Birmingham during public comment periods and to prevent the live broadcasts from being capriciously cut off. He is also an avid alternative rock concert goer and music lover. Bloom’s stories and photographs have been published by the Birmingham Eccentric and his artwork has been exhibited in the Los Angeles area at the Palos Verdes Art Center and San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center, The San Diego Museum of Art and other venues.
He envisioned and produced Zip US Up!, a national, diversity based 185 foot collaborative mural painted by 40 artists from around the country through virtual collaboration and currently on display at the Baldwin Public library in Birmingham overlooking the city’s centrally located downtown Shain Park.
31:05 – LINDSAY KOKOSKA
My name is Lindsay Kokoska.
Infinite Mantra ( Never-ending Prayer)
“Creativity is boundless. Imagination is free. Believe in the infinite possibilities”.
As an artist I draw inspiration from all aspects of my life. My exploration and development in my yoga practice; through seeking to link the worldly and the transcendent, and my love of travel and culture have allowed me to further my skills and passion in the world of art.
My art lies between the figurative and surreal worlds and always holds a dreamlike quality to it, with heavy influences of esoteric, spiritual and mystical connections. When I create art, I am channeling an energy; like a clairvoyant receiving a message, I connect to an energy and it guides me. I love utilizing sacred geometry, astronomy, nature, patterns and shapes to create thought provoking compositions.
I feel that my art manifests the power of intuition. I hope that my work inspires people to go inward, so that they can access a deeper vision, to be reminded of the connections between material and spiritual experiences. and see magic in their lives.
1:03:15 – NINA SOBELL
Nina Sobell pioneered the use of video, computers, and interactivity in art, as well as performance on the Web since 1969, when she first used video to document participants’ undirected interactions with her sculptures at Cornell. She investigates the extent to which video enables her to manipulate the relation between time and space, and to create a vortex for human experience, in which the mediated event coincides with public experience, memory and relationships. She is interested in exploring notions of transformation, energy transfer, bridging the conscious and unconscious realms, and rendering the invisible visible through action and reaction. I see the process of creation as an integral part of the work, as important as the result.
Her work has been shown throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Sobell presented Brainwave Drawings and Videophone Voyeur (1977) at Joseph Beuys’ Free International University at Documenta 6. Her work was included in Videoworks at the Whitney and Sunshine and Noir at the Hammer in LA curated by Paul McCarthy; A Feast for the Eyes, Kunst Forum, Vienna and Port, MIT. Getty Museum; de Saisset Museum; Banff Centre for the Arts; Manchester Gallery, England; Acme Gallery Archives, London; The Blanton Museum, Austin; CAM, Houston; the Zentrum fur Kunst und Medien Technologie, Karlsruhe; Archivo Storico delle Arti Contemporane, La Bienalle di Venezia, ICA London; DIA Foundation; Cornell University and many other institutions. Her work is in many private collections. She received awards from the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA and an Acker award in video 2021, among others. Video Data Bank and MLC Gallery represent her work.
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.”