In this monthly installment, we welcome this month's newest artists to UGallery. These artists work in a range of styles and mediums and join us from around the globe. We are excited to introduced the following artists:
INTRODUCING: BAHAR ARI DELLENBACH
Ceramicist Bahar Ari Dellenbach sculpts surreal busts to focus on the ever-changing nature of life. “I think individual change and confrontation are so important,” she says. “I'm trying to shape concepts and to catch instant feelings with the expressions in my work.” With the exception of just a few written notes and technical details, Bahar conceptualizes her work entirely in her mind. Once she has mentally worked out the details, she begins an intensive process of shaping and molding clay into precise and psychological portraits. Her body of work illustrates both the inner workings and outward expressions of the human experience, and really, Bahar’s personal experience. When asked what she does when she’s not making art, Bahar says “I have two daughters. And I am learning German. So I am quite busy in my daily life. But if I am not busy, I find something to keep myself busy. Not just doing something but also thinking about concepts and ideas in life.” Her sculpture is truly the physical manifestation of this intellectual curiosity.
INTRODUCING: MITCHEL HOFFART
Painter Mitchel Hoffart creates abstract compositions in his spacious Minnesota basement studio. The linear nature of Mitchel’s work can be attributed to his educational training as a printmaker. However, he paints in layers, with each subsequent coat informing the next, therefore actively moving away from traditional printmaking techniques. “As I mature as an artist, my work is moving more towards painterly effects,” says the artist. When he’s not making art, Mitchel spends his time outdoors in nature, where he gathers much of his creative inspiration.
INTRODUCING: FEDERICO ARCANGELI
Federico is a self-taught photographer based on Italy’s Adriatic coast. He discovered his passion for photography accidentally when he found an old Pentax camera. His love for the medium grew out of his fondness for the physical nature of film. Federico still shoots all of his images using film; he prefers the grain and imperfections that are inherent to this method over the precision of digital photography. The provocative, high contrast images that Federico captures in black and white feel distinctly retro. His pictures mysteriously fail to provide context for the time and place of each subject, leaving the viewer contemplating the innumerable possibilities.
INTRODUCING: TAM KADAM
German photographer Tan Kadam isolates the beauty of nature by juxtaposing flora and other plants against pure white backgrounds. He positions a white screen behind plants of interest in the field, then shoots at different focal lengths, sometimes adding studio lighting to the natural outdoor light. Tan’s images are very crisp and dramatic as a result of his unique shooting method. He photographs plants and flowers while roaming Berlin’s parks, but also keeps a permanent indoor studio in an old observatory where Albert Einstein once worked.