David W. Halsell's Extra-Sensory Wave Device explores the subtle and imperceptible ways we are influenced or affected by our ambient environments. The artist positioned a novelty wave machine in a satellite dish in order to register subsonic vibrations in a stark room. The blue light of video projections emanating from his contraption, along with patches of salt residue on the concrete floor surrounding the piece, add to the mysterious and sci-fi atmosphere of the entire space.
Photographer O Zhang poses young models in front of landmarks, scenes or facades throughout China. Her subjects wear t-shirts bearing slogans in mistranslated, garbled or misspelled English which often read as profane or absurd. The artist is fascinated with propaganda and contradictory messages. A young girl holding an I LOVE CHINA bag also shows off a t-shirt on which bright and cheery colored letters spell EVERYTHING IS SHIT. The titles of her images draw from the language of Mao's Cultural Revolution and add further dimension to the odd scenes of these Chinese youth at historic and cultural sites.
In her numbered and untitled series, Dutch artist Anu Vahtra uses Xerox prints to create false walls in galleries that imply space beyond the surfaces, even if none exists. These site-specific installations reflect the architecture of each room, mirroring the lights, doorways, columns, walls and windows of these unique spaces. The illusions she designs are sophisticated, elegant, meditative and enigmatic.
Sally E. Blenheim's surreal installations evoke work by her minimalist predecessors, and in particular, Dan Flavin's fluorescent light fixtures. Blenheim similarly constructs formal pieces using gel-covered lights with saturated colors, as well as other materials like rubber and rock. In her 2007 piece, Wake, the artist installs Perspex mirror to create layers of perspective from which to view an abstract form positioned in the corner of a gallery.
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.