Jørund Aase is an artist living in Norway who works in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture and installation. For an arts festival in Kelloski, Finland called Baltic Sculpture Days, Aase constructed a wooden platform with a bench in a forest clearing. His untitled and functional installation invited viewers to sit and observe the surrounding woods. The artist created a tranquil and meditative space that calls attention to the lush greenness and ethereal light of the forest setting.
Brooklyn-based artist David B. Smith produces conceptual works in photography. In his series, Before and After, Smith arranged and photographed canvasses against a stark black background. He created a variety of shapes with clean lines that translate as sculptural forms. The work experiments with the possibilities of referencing various media simultaneously within individual images. The impact of the series of photographs is both playful and contemplative.
While much of his work takes the form of spray paint on canvas, Qi Peng has also collected letters confirming his "failure" as a young artist. Most artists have a stack of rejection letters much like the series Peng exhibits, and many of us know the temptation to destroy, or conversely, to save them. Peng wittily mocks the power these generic phrases of rejection and empty apologies from art world authorities have to define our esteem as emerging artists. His commentary is humorous, subversive and empowering. Peng allows us to laugh at, and therefore, rise above our failures.
Suki Chan was born in Hong Kong and she currently lives in London. Her multi-disciplinary practice incorporates light, moving image, electronics and sound. The artist uses abstraction, repetition and scale to create imaginary spaces and narratives from familiar materials and objects. Stills from her 19-minute film, Interval 2, create a sense of mystery through brooding color and minimal yet rich visual texture.
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.