• Rut Massó's phantasmagorical paintings refer to the genre of vanitas, artwork particularly associated with Northern European still life painting in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A vanitas painting portrays objects symbolic of death and the transience of earthly pleasures and achievements. These motifs, such as skulls, candles and night forests, also appear in Massó's imagery. In lieu of the rotting fruit found in traditional vanitas paintings, Massó paints a decaying pizza. The artist creates a mood of melancholy and dark humor.

    Peter Svedberg's glass sculpture Tellus was commissioned by The National Public Art Council of Sweden for the harbor of Omskoldsvik in 2008. Time of day affects the experience of the piece as its surface reflects the sky and clouds from dawn to dusk, while at night, lights glow from within the interior of the structure.

    The collaborative work of Robyn Voshardt and Sven Humphrey uses obsessive repetition to explore states of being and patterns of thinking. Their video piece, New & Improved, shows a pair of hands manically flipping through a set of flash cards with hand-written messages for positive thinking and self-improvement. The viewer is bombarded with directives and objectives: I can be flexible, I can feel content, I can be more self-confidant, I am glad to be in New York, I can experience joy, I can still grow!, I can lower my expectations of others, I can have more fun, I am a skillful and artistic person, I can surround myself with positive influences. The frenetic blur of banal and inflated messages suggests the anxieties and pressures that underlie our desire to find happiness and success in a modern social climate.

    Fulbright scholar and artist Jordan Tate investigates the notion of how context affects our perception of imagery. The Tate Edition documents the installation of his large-scale photographic prints in subway stations, bus stops and public spaces in Berlin and Paris. His images consist of fragments of the human figure - a hand in a swimming pool or a woman's back in hotel room – as well as cityscapes and empty spaces. Tate invites his audience to download high-resolution images from this series off of his website, implying the possibility of further reproduction of his work.

    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.


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