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Steven Dufala and James Ulmer–They Climbed the Mountains


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Steven Dufala, Shark, digital print

My luck was with me! They Climbed the Mountains, a two-man show at Honeymilk Gallery, was extended an extra month. The two artists in the exhibit, Steven Dufala and James Ulmer, have sold a lot of the work, all of which are small, limited-edition digital prints.

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Steven Dufala, Kill Yourself/Fall in Love, digital print

Dufala’s are fabulous and unexpected. Harking to Asian mountain imagery, fabric prints and old maps with monsters of the deep, Dufala creates a moody, somewhat threatening group of small landscapes, and seascapes (sort of) some peopled, some not. A shark lurks beneath choppy waters, swimmers frolic with a giant sea monster and rising waters nearly cover the trees.

Mountains, seas and clouds are treated similarly, and form the patterns that mark the beautiful prints as a set of related work.

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Steven Dufala, Camouflage, digital print

Dufala’s view is a dark one of a dangerous world going straight to hell while people, when they are included, are oblivious.

James Ulmer’s prints are more illustrational–mostly cheerful, sometimes manic groupings of lovable cartoon people stacked, or in class-portrait groupings, or in a lotto-card grid. They have an endearing charm.

James Ulmer, digital print; this one reminded me of a Roz Chast New Yorker cartoon.
James Ulmer, digital print; this one reminded me of a Roz Chast New Yorker cartoon.

We’ve got a bunch of posts on Steven Dufala’s work, including a post on work with his brother Billy Blaise Dufala in a Fleisher Challenge exhibit. Also, if you haven’t already seen David Kessler‘s Studiocopic interview of the brothers, do it. It’s hilarious.

A closing reception for this exhibit will be Friday, July 25, 6 to 9 p.m. Honeymilk Gallery is located in TopStitch Boutique, 311 Market Street, 215-238-8877.