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Gary Kulak

1427 Humphrey Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009, U.S.A.
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Phone: 248-203-9755
Email: gkulak@cranbrook.edu

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GARY KULAK

  

      Artist Statement
 
     My work spans more than 35years in the field of sculpture. During this period of time my vision has evolved embracing cultural differences, socio-economic constructs, and psychological perspectives.
     At the center of my investigations one object spans the entire timeframe. The “chair” has evolved and transformed meaning relative to time, emotion and social situations. The chair has given me a frame of reference, an identity, or basis for communication to occur. I have worked with a wide range of construction materials with an emphasis on metal and industrial processes.
     I have found ideas in most situations where human contact occurs. However most ideas develop from significant events involving sociopolitical situations and scientific observations. We live in a world of ever changing images with increased clarity delivered at increasing rates of speed. We now experience events from around the world in real time with content uncensored and raw. This substance is collected and organized into material creating new thoughts and forms. It is not the representation but the impression that serves as a source for developing ideas. These memories are embedded within the thinking process, extrapolated and cross-referenced creating distinguishing thoughts that make up new images.
     I am at the point in my career where the experiences I have gathered are organizing in ways I could not have imagined or understood at an earlier time. It may well be that I was unable to join thoughts in complex ways until recently. I know that what I see is a complex formulation of ideas from different periods of time. It may simply be that I have exhausted possibilities making room for others to emerge or that my thought processes developed to a new level.
     The question of creating presence with absence continues to be an ongoing investigation relative to understanding psychological perspectives. What we don’t see is as important as what we see. I find that by allowing the observer to complete the question of meaning creates a passive approach to participation. Intellectual participation occurs as a direct result of observation. This leads me back to meaning being specific to individual experiences drawn upon individual histories that embrace cultural difference and socio-economic constructs.
     
                                                                 

 

 

EDUCATION:

1983 MFA – Hunter College, New York, NY

1975 BFA – Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

 

1976-present           Gary Kulak Sculpture LLP, Birmingham, MI

2005-present           Artist in Residence/Head Department of Fine Arts, Cranbrook-Kingswood, Bloomfield Hills, MI

1992-2002               Design/Fabrication, Dirk Denison Architects, Chicago, IL

1997                        Visiting Artist, Cranbrook Academy of Art

1990-1992               Adjunct Professor, University of Toledo, OH

1989-1991               Adjunct Professor, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

1986                        Artist in Residence, Plattsburgh State College, NY

1985                        Instructor, Macomb Community College, Mt. Clemens, MI

1983-1984               Project Engineer, Alice Aycock Sculpture, NY

1981-1983               Assistant to Lyman Kipp, NY

1980                        Artist in Residence, CCS, Detroit, MI

1980                        Artist in Residence, Macomb Community College, Warren, MI

1976                        Assistant to John Mason & Sol Lewitt, Detroit Institute of Art

1973                        Studio Assistant to Richard Hunt & John Henry, Chicago, IL

1973                        Assistant to Michael Hall and John Mason, Sculpture off the Pedestal,                                                                                      Grand Rapids, MI

 

SELECTED ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS:

2006                                                      G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006                                                       G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Detroit, MI

1995, ‘90, ‘89, ‘87, ‘84, ‘81                       Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI

1988                                                        Gallerie Ninety-Nine, Bay Harbor Island, FL

1985, ‘83, ‘80                                           Kornblee Gallery, NY

1985                                                        Henri Gallery, Washington, DC

1984                                                        Macomb Community College, Mt. Clemens, MI

1981                                                        Gallerie Ninety-Nine, Bay Harbor Island, FL

1980                                                        Macomb Community College, Warren, MI

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2009                                Chelsea Sculpture Walk, Chelsea, MI

2009                                “Art Chicago”, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago

2009                                “Spring Happening”, Next Step Gallery, Curator, Narine Kchikian

2008                                “Detroit Art”, Selections by Andreas Serrano, Center for Creative Studies, Detroit

2008                                Marshall Fredericks Museum, Saginaw, MI

2007                                G.R.N’Namdi Gallery, Detroit

2006                                “AAF”, G.R.N’Namdi, NYC, NY

2006                                 “XXX”, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI

2005                                “Governor of Michigan Residence”, Lansing, MI

2005                                  “Cartunes on Parade”, Detroit, MI & Windsor, Ontario

2005                                 “Michigan Annual”, Mt. Clemens Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI

2004                                  “Great Lakes Annual”, Grosse Pointe Art Center, Grosse Pointe, MI

2001 1997, ‘95,

1990-‘93, ‘84, ’82               Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI

2000                                  “Bloomfest”, Birmingham, MI

1999-2001                         “City-Scapes”, Birmingham, MI

1999-2001                          “Outdoor Sculpture”, University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI

1999                                   “Dysfunctional Sculpture”, Center Galleries, Detroit, MI

1999                                    “Chair Affair-5”, Michigan Design Center, Troy, MI

1998                                    “Sculpture at the Courthouse”, Dearborn, MI

1998                                        “Art in Public Places”, Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI

1997                                        Museum of Contemporary Art, West Palm Beach, FL

1996                                        SUNY, Plattsburgh Art Museum, Plattsburgh, NY

1996                                        Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

1995                                        Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville, MI

1994                                        “The Artful Garden”, Meadowbrook Pavilion, Rochester, MI

1993                                        “Image as Metaphor” Lee Hall Gallery, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

1992                                        Margaret Lipworth Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

1991                                        “Salon des Refuses”, Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, MI

1991                                        “Great Outdoors-Forand About the Garden”, Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

1991                                        “Challenge of the Chair”, Detroit Institute of Art

1990                                        Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI

1990                                        Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

1989                                        Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, IL

1989                                        “Michigan Outdoor Sculpture 11”, Southfield Civic Center, Southfield, MI

1989                                        “Pull up a Chair”, Eve Mannes Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1989                                        Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC                                      Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI

Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI                         Kmart Corporation, Troy, MI

Holtzman/Silverman Co., Southfield, MI                                   Michigan Bell Telephone, Southfield, MI
IBM Corporation, Southfield, MI                                               Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH

Royal Maccabees Insurance Co., Charlotte, SC                     City of Mt. Clemens, MI           

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI                            Elm Development Inc., Chicago, IL

Forbes-Cohen/Nemer Assoc., Southfield, MI                           Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville, MI

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

2008                  Nawrocki, Dennis, “Detroit Art in Public Places”, Wayne University Press

2006                  Carducci, Vince, Metro Times, January 2006

1999                  Cho, Hanna, The Detroit News, Wednesday, July 21, 1999

1995                   Birkenhauer, Tracey, Oakland Press Review, Wednesday, February 8, 1995

1994                   Pasfield, Veronica, Detroit Monthly, November 1994

1993                   Green, Roger, Ann Arbor News, Review, Friday, January 29, 1993

1990                   Colby, Joy Hakanson, Exhibits, The Detroit News, Thursday, November 8, 1990

1990                   Westenberg, W.D., Metro, The Grand Rapids Press, Friday, June 22, 1990

1989                   Carducci, Vincent A., Artforum, May 1989

1989                   Colby, Joy H., “Reviews”, Detroit News, Friday, March 24, 1989

 

AWARDS AND COMMISSIONS:

2009                        Miro Award, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2007                       Schulak Grant, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2005                        YMCA, Detroit, MI

1999                        Art in Public Places, The Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI

1991                        Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC

1990                        Art in Public Places, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

1987                        ArtQuest ’87, First Place, Drawing

1985                        Direct Artist Grant, Michigan Council for the Arts

1983                        Tony Smith Sculpture Award, Hunter College

1982                        William Graff Scholarship Award, Hunter College

1981                        Direct Artist Grant, Michigan Council for the Arts