As Culturehall's second birthday arrives, it brings a focus to how we record moments and think about memories. Fleeting and mutable, we use many tools - some knowingly, others by accident - that buttress what otherwise is bound to fade. Whether relying on photographic documents, planned actions, or sculptures left to chance interactions, the preservative act marks this collection of works.
Living and working in Chicago, Jason Lazarus created a series of photograms using a portion of the cremated remains of artist Robert Heinecken (with the permission of the Heinecken Estate). The photogram, a camera-less non-traditional photographic process, produces images from the direct manipulation of photographic paper. In a single sitting the body of 25 images was produced, each acting as a response to the preceding work.
Working in Los Angeles, Eben Goff often explores the concerns of nature while applying minimalist constraints. His piece Flood Cubes is the result of a pair of abstract forms interacting with nature. Bolted to a riverbed in LA during winter rains, the sculptures were recovered a week later, completed by their acquired detritus.
Born in Germany, but having spent most of his life in New York, Christoph Gielen documents the large, highly planned developments, which have become increasing common both in the U.S. and abroad. Pursued with straight documentation, his unedited images leverage the factual nature of photography to present a macro view of our increasingly engineered existence. Each image confronts the viewer with a recognizable abstract of our own lives.
Based in New York, Yadir Quintana's work Everest is a portrait, which utilizes materials and process in place of direct representation. Yadir asked his subject Everest to select a defining space and period of time in which to create the portrait. Everest chose the area of his studio where most of his painting takes place. Yadir constructed an area of silver gilt plike (an archival plastic fiber-based paper), which was installed on the selected portion of the studio floor. The resulting work evolved during the two months Everest created a painting of the moon.
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.