The title of Michael Johansson's playful and visually engaging sculpture, Pack Daddy's suitcases (Packa Pappas Kappsack), derives from a traditional Swedish rhyme and refers to the difficulty of repeating the same thing several times. In his piece, the repetition manifests in suitcases of various sizes that fit perfectly inside one another, losing their original purpose. The colorful vintage suitcases collectively create a new form similar to an accordion or a camera bellows.
Lucas Murgida is a conceptual artist based in San Francisco who seeks employment in various service or maintenance jobs to inform his creative practice. In The Service Series, he documents a performance deconstructing a busboy uniform. The images examine the artist playing the role of a busboy as well as the components of the uniform itself. Murgida includes an especially provocative self-portrait as busboy shot in the mirror of a massage parlor while a female figure unbuckles his black leather belt.
Annabel Osberg's paintings portray interior scenes viewed either from within or from the outside through a window. These quiet studies make use of light, strange colors and empty spaces to cast a mood that, in some cases, brings to mind the works of Edward Hopper. In other pieces, her brighter colors and fluid lines recall the paintings of Henri Matisse.
Born in Korea and now living in Canada, June Pak investigates the notion of self in a state of transit or in-betweenness. Moving Stills, installed as a looped video projection in two parts on opposite walls of a gallery, shows the artist on a perpetual walk to reach a destination that she never reaches. The only place where she can complete her journey is an empty space that exists between the two projections.
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.