Photo: Rick Wenner
Artist Colin Goldberg coined the term “Techspressionism” in 2011 for use as the title of a solo exhibition at 4 North Main Gallery in Southampton. Techspressionism is defined as: “An artistic approach in which technology is utilized as a means to express emotional experience.” Techspressionism was first described as a movement in the 2014 WIRED article “If Picasso had a MacBook Pro” by Kendra Vaculin, and was elaborated upon in a PBS interview that aired on the PBS Miami show Art Loft in 2015, and was later syndicated nationally to PBS stations around the US.
There are currently 234 artists from 34 countries listed in the Techspressionist Artist Index at Techspressionism.com. Helen Harrison, the group’s advisor, helped Goldberg define the term and provides ongoing guidance for its development as a new art movement that is a contemporary outgrowth of Expressionism. Harrison is the current Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, and former curator of the Parrish Art Museum and Guild Hall, as well as a longtime art critic for the New York Times.
NFT Now, the current online exhibition at Techspressionism.com, was recently featured as an Artnet News Frieze Week “Editor’s Pick” by Senior Editor Sarah Cascone in “Editor’s Picks”, published on May 3, 2021.
The upcoming physical show Techspressionism: Digital and Beyond will open at Southampton Arts Center in April 2022 and will run through June/July 2022. The exhibition, curated by Goldberg, will encompass an international selection of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptural and video works as well as an immersive/projection mapped component. It will be the first physical group exhibition of Techspressionist artworks.
The artist was born in the Bronx, New York in 1971 to parents of Japanese and Jewish ancestry, both chemists by training. His maternal grandmother Kimiye Ebisu was an accomplished calligrapher who lived and practiced in Honolulu and taught in both the United States and Japan.
Goldberg holds a MFA in Computer Art from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a BA in Studio Art with a Painting concentration from Binghamton University. As an undergraduate, the artist studied painting under New York School Abstract Expressionist painter Angelo Ippolito. Goldberg is a recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.
The artist’s works reside in the permanent collections of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, the Islip Art Museum, and the Anne and Michael Spalter Collection, one of the world’s largest private collections of early computer art. The collection has loaned work to the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice), the Daelim Museum (Seoul), and others.