CloudsArt is all around us.  All the time.

Nature makes art, and humans make art.  There is art in the patterns of clouds overhead, in the shape of the branches of the trees, in the dry gray texture of the wooden walls on a weathered barn, and in the gleaming silver metal of a car engine.  It is in the bouquet of a perfect wine, in the flavor of warm cherry pie with cold vanilla ice cream, in the pleasing asymmetry in a building’s architecture, in the design of spacecraft, and in the lines of a dramatic red dress.  Art is on canvas, on the computer screen, and on the pages of a well-worn book.

Real TreeI am an artist and an engineer.  I love to create things.  I like using and making tools.  I love using technology to solve problems and make beautiful things.  I love seeing what others have done using their own imaginations and tools.  I love the Steampunk era, when machinery and architecture were intended to be beautiful as well as functional.  I love knowing that others share my love for art and technology and appreciate the works I make.

Putting all these together: My goal for High Tech Art is to offer art created using, or suggesting, advanced technology.

~Colleen Kobe

Red DressFor Those Who Like Facts:

I graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.  Since then, I have worked as a software engineer, technical writer, computer tutor, feng shui consultant, professional organizer, artist, and business writing instructor.

Steampunk Lichtenberg – Created by Todd Johnson


About — 2 Comments

  1. Hello,

    Could you tell me a little bit more about your work and the artists behind it please? I’m an Oakland based curator and am curious to learn more about your work.

    All the best,

    • Hi, Dasha,

      Thank you for your interest in our Novas (Lichtenberg Figures)!

      High Tech Art currently displays the work of two artists:

      Colleen Kobe
      Todd Johnson

      Our primary focus for now is exploring the brand-new artistic field of Lichtenberg Figures. A Lichtenberg Figure is the result of exposing acrylic to very, very high amounts of electrical energy, and then discharging that energy in a very, very short amount of time. The process leaves tiny tunnels embedded in the middle of the acrylic. The tunnels weave their way through the plastic in ways we are learning to control. We have discovered how to shape how the tunnels appear in the acrylic, for example, by masking off part of the acrylic.

      To distinguish our Lichtenberg Figures from those of other artists, I have chosen to call my Lichtenberg Figures “Novas.”

      My (Colleen’s) work appears on this web site (www.high-tech-art.com).

      You can see more of Todd’s work on his Deviant Art page: http://shockfossils.deviantart.com/ Todd refers to his Lichtenberg Figures as “Shockfossils.”

      Bert Hickman of Stoneridge Engineering is our leader and mentor. He has his own line of Lichtenberg Figures, which he refers to as “Captured Lightning.” You may see his work on http://www.capturedlightning.com/.

      Todd, Bert, and I all create Lichtenberg Figures, but we all have our own creative approach. My pieces are nearly all masked (or shaped) images, or they incorporate etching the acrylic along with the Nova. I have three designs that require custom-made light frames made, which I haven’t gotten around to making, and other projects still in my sketch book.

      Todd’s works are the ones I would really call “art”: he usually (but not always) creates a custom base for his work. Sometimes he incorporates the Shockfossil as part of a greater piece; for an example of that, see his work “100 Nanoseconds” at http://shockfossils.deviantart.com/art/One-Hundred-Nanoseconds-134449105

      Bert has been in the business of selling Captured Lightning pieces the longest. He makes a wide variety of works in a wide variety of shapes and sizes: blocks, disks, columns, spheres, and whatever interesting piece of acrylic catches his eye.

      Todd and Bert also make multiple-layered pieces and very large, coffee-table sized works.

      Bert has been making his Lichtenberg Figures since the early 2000s. It is a difficult, expensive venue for artists. But wow, is it fun to be part of a brand-new artistic field!

      Does that answer your question? If not, feel free to contact me again!

      — Colleen Kobe
      Calumet, Michigan

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