Wireframe Landscape #2, 2006. Laser-etched marble mounted on wood panel. 12 x 24 x 2 inches.
COLIN GOLDBERG: TECHSPRESSIONISMOctober 9 / November 11
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, 87 Newtown Lane, East Hampton
Gallery hours are Mon, Thur, Fri, Sat: 11-5, Sun 12-5 and by appointment.
Colin Goldberg stands on the shoulders of the Abstract Expressionists, simultaneously expanding the concept of gestural abstraction while carving out his own niche through a new digital vernacular. Goldberg’s uniquely contemporary perspective on the use of computer technology in art-making, especially in building upon the Ab-Ex genre, underlines a modern sensibility that expression can and should be explored through the digital medium. Goldberg takes his practice to delightful extremes in this regard, and has unlocked a multiverse of possibilities.
The exhibition at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller serves to present the viewer with a survey and visual counterpart to the artist’s self-penned Techspressionist Manifesto, in which Goldberg presents his art’s philosophical tenets and expounds on the value of technology as a natural extension of human expression. Here is a snapshot – or rather “screen-grab” – of a highly-evolved contemporary artist drawing from the past while looking into the future, in the midst of his exciting development.
– Scott Bluedorn
Scott Bluedorn is an artist and curator living in East Hampton, NY. As the founder and director of Neoteric Fine Art, he presented numerous multi-disciplinary exhibitions and events focusing on cutting-edge contemporary art. He is currently curating at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in East Hampton.
1. The computer, and technology in general, are not separate from humankind, but a natural extension of us.
2. Technology is a continuum which is as old as humanity, not a novelty or fad.
3. The computer is one of a long string of tools which have enabled human expression, including the typewriter, the camera, the printing press, the pen, the pencil, and paint.
4. At this point in human history, nothing is truly computer generated, even when code determines the output, as with the work of the Algorists. The human mind has always provided the code, thus resulting in works which may be more accurately described as computer-assisted.
5. This may change, as the Singularity, as predicted by Kurzweil, is a very real possibility.
6. Coding is an art like any other. Good code is as beautiful and valid as any poetry.
7. Artificial intelligence is a misnomer. There is carbon-based intelligence and silicon-based intelligence (see number 5). Artificial intelligence, if it does exist in some definition, probably resides in both of these manifestations.
8. The scientific method can be applied to anything, including the realm of aesthetics.
9. A successful image makes you stop and look at it. If you share it with someone else as a result of what you see, it is more successful. This is Dawkins’ concept of Memetics at work.
10. There is no postmodern. There is only the present, the future and the past. What is present is what is modern, and what is modern is the moment. The moment is to be embraced.
Agawam, 2005. Laser-etched wood panel with pigment and liquid polymer. 24 x 12 x 2 inches.
Seicho, 2014. Oil and pigment on linen. 48 x 32 inches.
Ikimono, 2014. Oil on linen. 32 x 54 inches.
623 Variation #3, 2014. Acrylic, pigment and latex glaze on linen.
New Plastic Shodo #2, 2011. Sumi ink, gouache and pigment on Kinwashi paper. 19 x 13 inches.
Wireframe Drawing #2, 2011. Graphite pencil drawing on Rives BFK paper. 29 x 22 inches.
Exhibition Website: www.techspressionism.com
Colin Goldberg: www.colingoldberg.com
Scott Bluedorn: www.neotericfineart.com
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller: www.glennhorowitz.com