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Gary Kaleda

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20160622165555-binary_germination_1
Binary Germination 1, 2016 Digital 27 X 40 Inches © 2016 Gary Kaleda
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Binary Germination 2, 2016 Digital 27 X 40 Inches © 2016 Gary Kaleda
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Binary Germination 3, 2016 Digital 27 X 40 Inches © 2016 Gary Kaleda
20160518150134-meditation
Meditation, 2016 Digital 44 X 36 Inches © 2016 Gary Kaleda
20140527183635-deity_6
Deity 6, 2014 Digital 4 X 5 Ft. (121.9 X 152.4 Cm) © 2014 Gary Kaleda
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Deity 7, 2014 Digital 4 X 5 Ft. (121.9 X 152.4 Cm) © 2014 Gary Kaleda
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Deity 8, 2014 Digital 4 X 5 Ft. (121.9 X 152.4 Cm) © 2014 Gary Kaleda
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Deity 9, 2014 Digital 4 X 5 Ft. (121.9 X 152.4 Cm) © 2014 Gary Kaleda
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Deity 10, 2014 Digital 4 X 5 Ft. (121.9 X 152.4 Cm) © 2014 Gary Kaleda
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Deity 1, 2014 Digital 4 X 5 Ft. (121.9 X 152.4 Cm) © 2014 Gary Kaleda
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Deity 2, 2014 Digital 4 X 5 Ft. (121.9 X 152.4 Cm) © 2014 Gary Kaleda
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Deity 3, 2014 Digital 4 X 5 Ft. (121.9 X 152.4 Cm) © 2014 Gary Kaleda
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Deity 4, 2014 Digital 4 X 5 Ft. (121.9 X 152.4 Cm) © 2014 Gary Kaleda
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Deity 5, 2014 Digital 4 X 5 Ft. (121.9 X 152.4 Cm) © 2014 Gary Kaleda
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Numerical Chemistry, 2011 Digital 48 X 38 Inches © 2012 Gary Kaleda
20120825143442-digital_profile
Digital Profile, 2007 Digital 48 X 36 Inches © 2012 Gary Kaleda
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Flourish, 2013 Digital 38 X 48 Inches © 2013 Gary Kaleda
20130922165234-damaging_the_mental_fabric
Damaging the Mental Fabric, 2013 Digital 48 X 40 Inches © 2013 Gary Kaleda
20130922164643-main_beach
Main Beach, 2013 Digital 48 X 30 Inches © 2013 Gary Kaleda
20130922170648-hydro_solitude
Hydro Solitude, 2013 Digital 48 X 38 Inches © 2013 Gary Kaleda
20120917022902-dialog
Dialog, 2012 Digital 48 X 34 Inches © 2012 Gary Kaleda
20120925185513-rashmi
Rashmi, 2012 Digital 38 X 48 Inches © 2012 Gary Kaleda
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Virtual Negative, 2012 Digital 38 X 48 Inches © 2012 Gary Kaleda
20120825143546-synapse
Synapse, 2012 Digital © 2012 Gary Kaleda
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20120118_001.2, 2012 Digital © 2012 Gary Kaleda
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Virtual Negative 4, 2012 Digital 38 X 48 Inches © 2012 Gary Kaleda
20120825143818-lincoln_center
Lincoln Center, 2011 Digital 48 X 38 Inches © 2012 Gary Kaleda
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Pink Celebration 1, 2012 Digital 35 X 48 Inches © 2012 Gary Kaleda
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Pink Celebration 2, 2012 Digital 35 X 48 Inches © 2012 Gary Kaleda
20120825144132-as_i_live_and_breathe
As I Live and Breathe, 2007 Digital © 2012 Gary Kaleda
20120825145200-refraction
Refraction, 2007 Digital © 2012 Gary Kaleda
20120825145233-torso_on_an_impossible_background
Torso on an Impossible Background, 2007 Digital © 2012 Gary Kaleda
20120825145307-moderation_overdose
Moderation Overdose, 2009 Digital © 2012 Gary Kaleda
20120825154306-particle_pageant
Particle Pageant, 2012 Digital 48 X 35 Inches © 2012 Gary Kaleda
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Quick Facts
Lives in
New York City
Works in
New York City
Schools
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Tags
digital, figurative, conceptual
Artist Statement

Witnessing the birth and growth of the digital age had a powerful impact on my work as an artist. While my formal art training was grounded in tradition, a parallel path developed involving the creation of art with the computer. As technology changed history, my work changed with it and my paintings progressed from mixed media to all digital.

I saw the world become more connected on a global level, but increasingly isolated on an individual level. And within the terrifyingly vast landscape known as the internet, I looked on as an entire culture turned away from face-to-face communication. Intimacy became cybersex, and true identities were replaced by ideal or false personas, yet we still long to connect. These themes emerged in my figurative paintings and continue to inspire my work today.

From a technical perspective, the computer has become my collaborator. Where software allows the ability to simulate conventional painting, it also opens up countless possibilities that never existed before. I use graphic shapes and patterns as brushes. I create, pose and light my own digital models. And I can explore an infinite number of variations with the ability to return to different stages in the process.

Another new element born of digital communication is a marketing device called a Quick Response or QR code. Accessible via smartphones and QR readers, these two-dimensional codes can contain text or data, or lead to a webpage with additional information in multimedia formats. In 2010, I began incorporating QR codes into my paintings.

In addition to blurring the line between art and commodity, QR codes serve many different functions within my work. On one level, they are an extension – providing information to deepen understanding and connection, and allowing viewers to physically interact with my paintings. In some instances, the codes serve as a stamp or symbol of authorship – much like a modernized Japanese chop. I’ve even used the codes themselves as paint brushes, assigning them to a completely different form of utility.

As a condensed digital representation of information (or a message), these codes have a natural place within the language and fabric of my work. The overall result is completely unique.

In terms of digital painting in general, the basic process is that I interpret the world and the computer interprets my input. Ultimately, the final decisions are mine. The paradoxical truth is that the power of digital art, and using technology to make art, will always rely on the human element.  My work is both an example and an expression of this.
 

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