Swedish artist Magnus Wassborg produces conceptual works in both moving and still images as well as mixed media installations. His series of photographs, Horror Landscapes and Horror Architecture, portray the woods as a gothic terrain familiar to us through cinema and literature. The deep grays and blacks of these monochromatic images enhance the mysterious atmosphere of the landscape, suggesting that the trees and skies reflect a dark state of consciousness. Wassborg evokes psychological territory that is at once foreboding, surreal and sublime.
A greater sense of realism informs Brian Lesteberg's photographs of stark northern landscapes. Brought up in Fargo, North Dakota to be a hunter, Lesteberg revisited the dramatic setting of his youth in order to examine the male ritual of hunting. Raised to Hunt explores with poetic sensitivity the beauty of a fiercely American landscape and a culture of violence. Lesterberg photographs his father in the field as well as himself participating in hunting excursions. He also looks closely at visceral details, like traces of blood on snow and two pheasant bodies prepared for cleaning, and the interiors of local establishments adorned with stuffed trophies, sports memorabilia and pin-up girls.
The photographs and sculptures in Louise M. Noguchi's installation, Shanghai Dragon, reflect the notion of "heroic" landscapes. Noguchi draws from Hollywood westerns and cult films such as Star Wars, Enter the Dragon and The Lady from Shanghai to address ideas about myth and fantasy in the representation of the landscape in popular cinema. Her collection of pink Styrofoam towers reference the strange land formations of western locales used as settings for cowboy films.
Australian multi-media art Jay Kochel presents a collection of curious headwear in his Denuded series. The artist photographed hats, helmets and wigs, like specimens or oddities against a black background and presents the images as digital prints mounted on aluminum panels. Some of these faceless portraits of objects appear eerie and menacing.
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.