Over the past four years Culturehall has published quarterly New Artists Features, which highlight the works of four artists selected from our seasonal open call for applications. The artists presented this fall work between photography, sculpture and land-based installations to investigate duality, process and form in context to the human condition. From our latest session I am honored to present the work of Culturehall's newest members: Lindsey Dezman, Naz Shahrokh, Rebecca Sky Horne and Tamara Johnson.
Unerringly direct in materials and presentation, Lindsey Dezman presents an unmediated satin ribbon and ash plank together in her wall-based sculpture A Practical Exercise II. Held in place by the pressure of its own forms we are primarily offered the edge of both fabric and wood. An exchange becomes apparent between the body and time as we observe the result of a repetitive process employed for creation. Containment of the ribbon transforms the traditionally decorative element into something solid, orderly and still. At rest a new relationship builds between the two materials. The solid mass of fabric becomes a portrait of the previous physical state of its wooden guide.
Born in Iran and currently based in the United Arab Emirates, the work of Naz Shahrokh finds a voice in materials, location and the metaphysical. Translating to "Rug" from Farsi, Shahrokh's land-based work Rhali was installed in the Egyptian desert near Cairo at the Dashur pyramid. The rug was constructed from hundreds of transparent bags containing flowers and leaves the artist had been collecting in Egypt since her arrival two years before. While giving consideration to minimalist concerns, especially related to the use of materials, Rhali also contemplates the metaphysical. The palette derived from organic elements bridges reds and violets as an interpretation of the Sun's rays passing through a figure.
Rebecca Sky Horne presents moments that pull between a tonal darkness and inhabiting active daily spaces. Each image is methodically lo-fi in technique, often resting on what can be qualified as or perceived to be trickery. Rebecca's photograph Hand in glove masterfully utilizes the elemental effect of double exposure. What would be a casual pose for the bare hand plants seeds of unease as it becomes visually interrupted by an androgynous black leather glove. The interruption does not appear to be from outside but is recursively sourced from within. Asking to be viewed as a cycle, or collection of phases, which have become fixed through the lens of novelty glasses or walk-through fluoroscopes of some time ago.
Deceptively straight forward in approach, Tamara Johnson repositions a plot of urban land with her sculpture Backyard Pool. The sculpture is a second interpretation of the work A Public Pool, which was displayed as part of Socrates Sculpture Park's 2013 Emerging Artists Fellowship exhibition. Much like the first work Backyard Pool is surrounded by a rapidly deindustrializing neighborhood in New York City's borough of Queens. Once home to small factories and junkyards, the area is taking a new form with apartment towers and gleaming offices. Her faithful rendition of this form exists in a size and materiality that makes it indistinguishable from what is normally a suburban staple. While apparently negated through a removal of expected functionality. The pool exists between an active commentary of place, class and expectations without forcing a commitment to any one notion or idea.
David Andrew Frey is a New York-based artist, curator, and technologist. He founded Culturehall to connect artists with curators, gallerists, collectors and their peers. Recently David launched ArtMgt, a platform for directly providing artists with opportunities to lease and sell their art. David received an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has also studied at the Camberwell College of Art in London, the Hochschule der Künst in Berlin, The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has curated exhibitions in New York of work by Culturehall artists for Ligne Roset, Cindy Rucker Gallery and the Big Screen Plaza.