Mike Estabrook's work spans various media, including animation, painting, drawing, performance and installation. His animations draw from cultural sources such as photography and film, juxtaposing different elements to make political or aesthetic commentary. In his piece, The Good, Etc., Estabrook adds a layer of digital animation to footage from the climatic scene of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, a 1966 Italian spaghetti western film starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach. His imposed cartoon characters subvert and mock the genre's depictions of masculine valor and stylized violence.
Born in Israel, photographer Eyal Pinkas currently lives in the Netherlands. His conceptual works infuse inanimate objects with a new potential for expression. Pinkas stages performances through objects in interior spaces. In his series, Landing, the artist establishes a relationship between a mattress, a wooden structure, natural light, and the wallpaper and empty space of several rooms, suggesting an expected way of considering the material and the environment.
Brooklyn-based artist Ernest Concepcion primarily works in ink and oil on canvas or paper. His highly detailed drawings and paintings describe things in engaged in conflict, often referencing images from childhood and adolescence. The colorful surface of Ode to Odin (Ode to Odin) portrays an apocalyptic landscape overtaken by bombers and alien insects.
Photographer Tema Stauffer shot a series of portraits of adolescent men in Binghamton, New York in the fall of 2008 during the onset of the economic crisis. Her portraits of Sad Young Men on Main Street in this small, working-class city explore the internal and external struggles of individuals in their formative stages during a particularly anxious and distressed period in American life. One of her subjects, Jacob, was discovered on the street searching for work and worrying about his future. A handsome and sensitive young man who had been in and out of juvenile detention centers and dreamed of living in New York City, Jacob shared some of his stories and fantasies with the photographer. Stauffer photographed him on two occasions, once in the doorway of a store on Main Street and later in a red-brick alley in downtown Binghamton.
David Andrew Frey is a New York-based artist, curator and technologist. He founded Culturehall in 2008 as a new way for artists to connect with curators, gallerists, collectors and other artists. David received a MFA in Studio Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000. He has also studied at the Camberwell College of art in London the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has been involved with Internet-based technologies since 2000.
Tema Stauffer is a photographer based in Brooklyn and a curator for Culturehall. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1995 and received a MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. Her work has been exhibited at Jen Bekman Gallery and Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery in New York, as well as galleries and institutions nationally and internationally. She teaches photography courses at William Paterson University and the School of the International Center of Photography, and co-taught a workshop at Toxico Cultura in Mexico City. She also writes a blog about photography, PalmAire. In 2011, she was awarded an AOL 25 for 25 Grant for innovation in the arts.