Marina Naprushkina was born in Belarus, a country in Eastern Europe sharing borders with Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Lativia. The artist, who is currently based in Germany, describes the focus of her work as a critical examination of the contemporary Belarusian state ruled by Alexander Lukashenko. Naprushkina's installations appropriate and alter the visual language of the Lukashenko regime. Her Belarus tractor was produced more than twenty years ago at a plant called Minsk Tractor Works, a vital part of the capital city's economy. By giving new context to the tractor on the lawn of a museum, Naprushkina asks us to consider it as an object of propaganda.
Another artist with Eastern European roots also living in Germany, Jadranka Kosorcic, makes simple charcoal drawings on paper of models who she finds through advertising in newspapers, approaching strangers on the street, or distributing flyers. Kosorcic's request reads: "Artist is looking for people m/f willing to pose for a portrait. Time spent: 1 3h. Send photo to firstname.lastname@example.org." When she experiences the right connection with a potential subject, Kosorcic invites them to her studio to pose for a portrait for her Blind Date series. The "success" of a drawing depends on her choice of sitters and a tension that exists between the artist and her subjects.
Paul Brainard indentifies early influences for his work as science fiction literature and horror movies he absorbed as child, as well as the visual symbols of Halloween. His drawings and paintings also borrow images from pornography and commercial advertising. Skulls, female faces and forms, and messages of consumption are reoccurring motifs in his pieces.
Artist Gareth Spor holds a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology. His work explores the physics of light, geometry, and the notion of the cosmos through a broad range of media and material. His woven cotton piece, Nothing tells memories from ordinary moments (La Jetee), makes reference to the black and white science fiction film by Chris Marker that is composed almost entirely from still photos.
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.