Culturehall's fourth open call for applications generated submissions from international artists working in a range of media. From a large pool of talented applicants, we selected four new members to highlight in our current issue.
As a former geographer with an obsession for GoogleEarth, Antoine Lefebvre questions how our perceptions of space and stability have changed in the globalized age of the Internet. In his practice, he often finds tension by pitting a minimalist vocabulary against DIY engineering and wit. At first glance, the clean structure of Lefebvre's work, Frames, presents itself as a direct descendent of an enshrined tradition. Only after a closer inspection does the sculpture reveal its true nature — the forms are not cradled by abstract elements, but are suspended with a fluid mobility using skateboard wheels. These readymade objects bring what once would have been elevated beyond the reach of the audience to a place where viewers are enticed to participate.
Jenny Herrick produces works in various media including video, sculpture, etching, and gouache on paper, and what binds these individual pieces is a striking precision and minimalism. Herrick isolates objects and forms in some works and repeats objects and forms in the others. She describes her work as reflecting on "the consequences of action" and points to possibilities for destruction in renderings of road kill, a sequence of matches, and a circle of gunmen. Shooting Circle (Dodecathedral Iteration) is reminiscent of illustrations found in training manuals and creates a fierce scenario of twelve men poised to shoot rifles at one another. This deceptively simple, symmetrical image — like much of her work — is mesmerizing and chilling.
Bahar Yurukoglu brings us to a crystalline state. A place governed by systems oscillating outside the natural boundaries of dimensions. Her work Ante Camera pulls the physical to the perceptual, only to release the compression created by images back to the tangible world. Yurukoglu integrates shards of intensely colored plastics seamlessly into the physical space, all becoming activated by a series of projected images. Slide-by-slide, the explosively colorful abstract compositions iteratively modify how the installation-based elements are expressed. Arranged, deconstructed, and then rearranged — each illuminated composition captures a fleeting moment, creating a conversation that evolves with the elements that share the space.
A Russian-born Jewish American, Irina Rozovsky, made two road trips in 2008 and 2010 to explore the country of Israel where her family was supposed to immigrate but instead came to the United States. The possibility of an alternate life she might have led there added another layer of familiarity to what she describes as the reality of the "mythological, nearly fictional idea of Israel" that existed in her mind based on its history. The series of photographs she produced and published in a book, One to Nothing, focus on the way Israel's complex past remains integral to defining its present. These intimate, curious images subtly blend elements of ancient and modern to create a mythic setting riddled with questions. Rozovsky's human and animal subjects — mostly alone or in pairs — are surrounded by desert and sea, and their gestures reflect a specific experience and state of being within each environment. Her Untitled photograph of the back of a man's head peering at a wrecked car dwarfed by the vast landscape conveys a mystery and tension that permeates the larger series.
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 an 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 in Berlin, The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and the Savannah College of Art and Design. He recently curated exhibitions in New York of work by Culturehall artists for Ligne Roset and the Big Screen Plaza.
Tema Stauffer is a photographer, writer, and curator. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1995 and received an MFA in photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. Her work has been exhibited at Jen Bekman Gallery and Daniel Cooney Gallery in New York, as well as galleries and institutions nationally and internationally. She teaches at the ICP and Ramapo College, and taught a photography workshop at Toxico Cultura in Mexico City. She also writes a blog about photography, PalmAire, and contributes to Mana Contemporary's Log. In 2010, she was awarded an AOL 25 for 25 Grant for innovation in the arts.