Gary Kulak "Fractal Decimation", 2019
Fractal Decimation, 2019
3D printed in glow in the dark PLA
9.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches
24.1 x 14 x 14 cm
Edition 2 of 10
Ships from: Southfield, Michigan
As the son of a steelworker and grandson of a coal miner, Gary Kulak grew up in Noblestown, Pennsylvania, a small town outside Pittsburgh. He remembers visiting Bethlehem Steel Co. with his father and the discussions of the mill at dinner. In Pittsburgh, everyone spoke of the mills and legend has it that the iron in the water made them strong. Gary’s father made sure he pursued an education and did not have life in the mills. As an artist, Mr. Kulak continues a tradition of drawing from the memories of his youth and embedding them in steel. Gary began his career as a professional sculptor in 1974 graduating with a BFA from Cranbrook in 1975. He completed his MFA from Hunter College in 1983. Gary worked with John Henry in Chicago prior to Cranbrook. At Cranbrook, he studied with Michael Hall. Upon graduation, as an independent artist, Gary assisted Sol Lewitt, John Mason and Lyman Kipp with installations of their work. At Hunter College in New York, Gary studied with John Mason, Robert Morris and assisted Alice Aycock. Gary’s work is a part of many public and private collections throughout the US. He is currently Head, Fine Arts Department at Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
His work is represented in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art, Cranbrook Museum of Art, Progressive Corporation, Village of Skokie, IL, City of Chicago, IL, City of Birmingham, MI, City of Royal Oak, MI, Silverman Corporation, IBM Corporation, Montague Sculpture Park, Chattanooga, TN. He has exhibited his work in Pietrasanta, Italy, Romblon, Philippines, and throughout the United States. His work can also be found in numerous private collections throughout the US and Europe.
During the past 4 years he has worked Digitally with 3D scanning technology, robotic carving of marble, and 3d printed forms derived from the concept of “Culture”. The work expands concepts of math, organic form, computer science, virtual reality, aesthetics, and a philosophical perspective currently focused on Equity and Feminism.