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Meet Steven Galle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steven Galle.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
For the last two years, I have attended a music festival called Lightning in a Bottle, and my favorite part about the festival is how everyone contributes something to the experience. Some people are amazing dancers, some spin fire, and some people just bring their awesome energy. As an electronics nerd, this got me thinking about how I could contribute to the atmosphere, and that is where my obsession with portable LED lighting began.

Please tell us about your art.
My goal is to make wearable LED art pieces that make people think. When I see the look on someones face that says “what in the world am I looking at, and how does it work” I know I’ve done my job right. Programmable microcontrollers and addressable “smart” LEDs allow me to display silky smooth mathematically generated animations on my pieces. Infinity mirrors are one of my favorite optical illusions. With unique combinations of animated lights, mirrors, and light distorting material, the infinity mirrors I make are a reminder that the universe is infinitely complex.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I think reaching the right audience for your art is a struggle. Wherever you are, there will be some people who simply do not “get” your art, and that can be discouraging. I feel very fortunate to live in San Diego, where the majority of people seem to be on the same wavelength as myself. Toward the end of last year, I became involved with The Afternoon Umbrella friends, an artist collective/event production group here in San Diego. Every member of this group brings a unique talent to the team, and we build each other up collectively. I am constantly inspired by the city and its inhabitants and would not have progressed as far as I have without being here.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Currently, I use Instagram as a platform to display my art as well as take orders for commissions.

I have a few art pieces on display and for sale at Kilowatt (a psychedelic-themed brewery) at their Ocean Beach and Kearney Mesa locations.

I am also launching a company called Cosmic Cobra that I will be using to sell my LED products in the near future.

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Image Credit:
Howard Yeh
David Galle

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