• Kirsten Ullrich defines her work as a record of her free associations. Her interdisciplinary studio practice incorporates painting, drawing and sculpture and applies a method the artist perceives as mischievous and impulsive. Ullrich's sculpture of a deflated vacuum cleaner bag, Vacuum Cleaner Attachment #2, recalls Duchamp's seminal urinal piece, Fountain, in its Dadaist absurdity and rejection of aesthetics.

    Photographer Brandon Hale Holmes produced a series of images documenting his experiences as a traveler in Egypt in the summer of 2008. He describes the photographs as an examination of a country where ancient history is exchanged for fast dollars and the promise of Westernized modernization is idealized and actualized by a few. Holmes captures both natives and tourists in a stark and grand landscape of muted colors.

    An artist based in the Netherlands, Connie Dekker staged a performance, Lo soffia il cielo, cosi, in the Italian countryside in 2003 involving six girls in white dresses and eight giant white balloons. On each balloon appeared a written word that belonged to a phrase reflecting the themes of waiting and absence, inspired by the poetry of five Dutch poets. Like apparitions in a fairy-tale, these young women moved without apparent direction amid the olive trees on a lawn outside a fortress. The artist states that their white balloons seemed poised to lift them off the ground with the strength of their poetry.

    Katayoung Vaziri was born in Iran and moved to the United States in 2005. Her work addresses political concerns about the relationship between the two countries and the role of the media in foreign policies. Varize notes that stories of the daily lives of individuals affected by larger political issues inform her art practice.

    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 K√ľnste, 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.


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