• In honor of the New Year — this feature presents Eyal Pinkas, Idan Hayosh, Robyn Love and Suki Chan — four of the first artists I had the privilege of working with when Culturehall launched in 2008.

    Culturehall began as just a concept in 2000 after I finished my graduate studies in studio art and was preparing slides to send out to galleries and institutions. During that time I was also looking for online artist registries as an alternative place to share my work. After much searching and not finding anything appropriate, I decided to create the service I was seeking. Building Culturehall was a long road since I didn't know how to program but after several years of self-study, certification exams and working professionally in web development, Culturehall was born.

    With 2014, Culturehall is looking forward to improving how we serve our artists and audience. We've heard from some of you about what you would like to see — but please let us know if there is a new service you would like us to provide or something we can improve. We're in New York and would love to talk. Just let us know when you'd like to go for a coffee.

    Happy New Year!

    In his latest body of work, the Tel Aviv-based artist Eyal Pinkas creates images which present everyday elements that compose our contemporary surroundings. While digital in nature, his photographs focus on producing portraits of common objects with little mediation. Eyal's recent work, To Invite the Available, provides us with a selection of four processed food items. Each subject of this image appears edible and fulfills our symbolic expectations for that particular type of matter. Each also hints that what is on view may only be a facsimile. Even if what is depicted is truly as it seems, the primary experience has long ago been replaced through generations of technical refinements.

    Working in Berlin, Idan Hayosh explores force and defense — often as related to military might. Many of his installations utilize contemporary armaments carefully arranged into displays. Each is activated with audio sourced from the presented weapons or machines but magnified to the point of alarm. Hayosh's work Dagoba #1 considers these concepts but uses agricultural resources as a first line of defense. Part of a series of public works commissioned on the islands in the archipelago of Fitjar, Norway, Dagoba #1 is composed of a series of beehives evenly dispersed along the island's edge. Visitors of the project were greeted by the amplified sounds of swarming bees in active hives as their small boats approached.

    Based in Queens, New York and Newfoundland, Canada, Robyn Love explores social interactions through performances and installations. Her recent work SpinCycle at the Brooklyn Museum invited passersby to help spin yarn by riding a converted stationary bike while they share a story. The cyclist activates the spinning wheel, which helps Robyn turn the wool into yarn. Before starting a ride, participants are given the option to select a card, which presents a prompt like "Tell me about your grandmother." The connection is intimate, almost confessional, with the artist and rider being able to see each other's face only through a mirror. Many of Robyn's previous works like The Knitted Mile have explored knitting, sometimes on a very large scale with many participants.

    To create Still Point, the London-based artist Suki Chan visited some of the most sacred places to capture central points of religious worship and pilgrimage. Many of the locations exist with significance for multiple religions and are contested between faiths. Still Point, as with several of her previous video and film-based works, guides the medium to act more like a series of carefully composed visual documents than a direct narrative. Some segments leisurely provide us with what appears to be little or no action — honing our attention on otherwise invisible details. Other scenes wash through hours at a fervent rate as days are compressed into seconds, broadening the scope of time to the centuries of worshipers who have paid homage to these sites.

    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 an 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 in Berlin, The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and the Savannah College of Art and Design. He recently curated exhibitions in New York of work by Culturehall artists for Ligne Roset, the Big Screen Plaza, and Cindy Rucker Gallery.


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