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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Alan Kinnard

Home 3562 Cypress Creek Drive
Columbus Ohio 43228 United States
Home Phone: 6143144776 Website: Alan Kinnard Art

Bio

I was born and raised in Bellefontaine, Ohio. After graduating from Miami University, I spent my career living and working in Columbus, Ohio. My early work was created using the silkscreen process and focused on repeating pattern design and limited edition fine art serigraphs that gained recognition in the regional exhibition and gallery scene.  But in those years there were no quality water based inks or dyes. The vinyl inks and cleaning solvents I used made me very ill; and after pneumonia and a hospitalization, I abandoned my fine art work for a career as a graphic designer. During that time, desktop computers and art/design software became available; and for the next 30 years, my professional work utilized these new technologies. Upon retirement as a graphic designer, I resumed my art practice. 

Artist Statement

My current artwork is digital and explores the visual relationships people have with technology; specifically, what happens when things go wrong and how do people react emotionally. Every day we stream media at an ever-increasing rate—until it isn’t. There is a glitch at the transmission source. The broadcast signal is digitized. The stream buffers, exposing a single frame. This is annoying, bothersome, agitating. But, with the apparent stoppage of time, you notice things. An artifact appears. Individual pixels are revealed. The colors are saturated. Objects repeat in unusual patterns. Images are distorted. Our initial reaction to events like these is to feel irritation, frustration and perhaps anger. Upon reflection, it gives us a chance to pause and see the world in a different way. Seeing these disruptive images as art can be a way to mitigate those emotions. 

Throughout my career, I’ve been attracted to printing errors, fascinated by computer screen distortions, and intrigued by video disruptions often incorporating the mistakes into my artworks. This art is created by refining the distorted imagery with hand drawn effects, textures, patterns, color relationships, optical illusions, and other images.

In 2020, I was invited to join a group of artists who like me are using technology as a means to express emotional experience. Techspressionism (/tek-spresh-uh-niz-uh m/) is a 21st century artistic and social movement exploring the intersection of technology and expressionism. I was excited to be included in the Techspressionist Visual Artist Index and have my work selected for the Techspressionism 2021 International Online Exhibition. 

Portfolio

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