Alan Ruiz, born in Mexico City, currently lives in New Haven. A graduate of Yale University, Ruiz works abstractly in various media. In his piece, Black Strobe, the enamel surface of a dry wall is illuminated with strobe lights, creating what the artist describes as an illusionistic and immersive space for the viewer. The atmosphere is mysterious and frenetic, like a city street at night.
Matthew Ryan Barton's installation, Extreme Animalz: the movie; part 2, uses kitsch, color and light to create a fantasy world. Taxidermy animals inhabit rooms that look as though they were decorated with cheap treasures from a dollar store. Theatrical, absurd and even playfully mystical, Barton's work evokes the hybrid sensibility of a pageant in church basement crossed with the floor of a tawdry dance club.
Berlin-based artist Mareike Lee describes herself as a collector. She collects feelings, impressions, thoughts, states of being and gestures. Her drawings, etched prints, books and installations are informed by observations of events and interactions. ALL MY PAPER, ALL MY PENS consists of approximately 100 drawings marked with ball-point pens, creating a visual texture rather than a readable text.
Ida Pettersson investigates the notion of reality as it is influenced by our exposure to images and fiction. She is interested in the subjectivity of memory and perception and how film and media affect the ways we think and see. Working in both sculpture and photography, the artist has drawn inspiration from her experiences travelling in Japan. She photographed a cheerleading team at a Japanese university who has adopted an American style based on what they have borrowed from television.
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.