Gabe Zimmer's photographic series, Mind Your Body, recalls the conceptual works of artists Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall in the performance of the artist within staged scenarios. Zimmer photographs himself in a range of roles - some spoofing historic male figures, others reflecting his daily life and state of mind, and still others examining on his identity as an artist or as an art object. In his investigation of self and body, Zimmer addresses themes of boredom and narcissism. The artist appears confined in the spaces in his images, such as a claustrophobic bedroom full of balloons or his enveloping kitchen full of "fluff." His inclusion of an image of toy-figures, The Wrestlers, suggests further commentary on male identity and physicality.
An artist based in Kansas City, Barry T. Osbourn paints abstractions in acrylic and oil on panels. Osbourns states his interest in exploring concepts of slang, eclecticism, pastiche, bricolage and synthesis related to the development of an individual's use of language. His motivations translate visually into bold colors and patterns stimulating our experience of perception.
Helena Sundin produces surreal and whimsical paintings with layers of gouache on canvas, sometimes incorporating pencil to create minimalist sketches with more narrative content. While many of her paintings are primarily abstract, expressive girlish faces appear in some of her pieces. Sundin's work blends a childlike spontaneity and playfulness with a sophisticated use of evocative color and negative space.
Conceptual artist Ryan D. Mandell investigates the psychological states of a society through the structures it chooses to build and the ways in which these structures are used. Both his sculptural and photographic work re-contextualize and re-present existing architectural forms to identify their social influence. The images in his series, Dream Homes, draw from fifteen photographs of homes in the same suburban community which the artist superimposes to create the illusion of a single model home. The series makes a visually compelling and conceptually engaging contribution to the larger critical dialogue about the homogeny and complacency of suburban environments.
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.