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Toni Dalton - New York USA

Toni Dalton studied art at the New York Studio School. A long time resident of the Westbeth, the largest artists community in the world, located in Greenwich Village, New York. Westbeth, located in the historic Bell Labs building, is designated as living and working space for professional visual, performing, and literary creative artists. The award winning design by architect Richard Meier includes performing and visual arts studios; a gallery; theaters; film, photography, and recording studios; a communal print shop; sculpture studio; and a community space used for performances, concerts, lectures, videos, and meetings of community groups. The Westbeth is an exciting, dynamic center for artists who have made important contributions over the past 25 years. Merce Cunningham in dance, Gil Evans in jazz, Diane Arbus in photography, Moses Gunn in acting, and Muriel Rukeyser in poetry are among the hundreds of artists who developed their art and careers there.

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Dalton started her artistic career as a painter and gained a well respected artistic status within the American art scene. Exhibitions and art shows at the Vorpal Gallery on West Broadway in SoHo, at Barnes and Nobles New York and the annual Westbeth gallery group shows for the last 20 years, reflect the respect she earned as an artist. Toni Dalton filled her life painting continuously until she had an unfortunate accident and became unable to continue working as a painter. In order to generate a possibility to express her creativity, she started to work out with digital painting on her Macintosh computer, photography and the production of short movies and has been doing so for the past years. Together with friend and painter Arnold Wechsler, a New York painter who has also produced art programs for cable TV, lately, they focus and collaborate on projects for the Internet. Their venture, 'Steal This Painting', is a project that pays tribute to the life and work of Abbie Hoffman. Digital Bridges, A New Media Exhibition, explores a wide variety of visual responses to new creative challenges, is frequently on show at the Westbeth gallery and their Street photography and digital graphics projects appear more than often in New York media. Digital technology has become a central part of their everyday life and is shaping their culture in innumerable ways. By using the scanner, mouse and screen as their sketch pad, brush and canvas they have embraced the potential of the computer as their artistic medium. Toni Dalton frequently uses the name 'Kaliart' for her creative work and expressions. The photographic project 'Contrast & Decay', containing her alternative views and visions on the streets of New York and related issues that most of us would walk by without paying attention, are extremely well 'seen' through the lens and the eyes of Toni Dalton. Her Images could be described as abstract paintings. With the project 'Contrast & Decay', Toni Dalton made her first appearance into the European art circuit with the participation in the Tabasco Tabernacle audio-visual project.












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