Sometimes an artist will do something so simply wonderful that you can only think that it’s, well, kind of dumb. It’s dumb how creatively brilliant he or she is, kind of like ugly animals and pets sometimes appear to be adorable. That’s how I feel about Andy Denzler‘s current body of work, in which he takes well-rendered oil paintings of otherwise traditionally boring subjects and simply flattens out parts of them before they’re dry. While I’m sure Denzler thinks quite critically about where to smudge the paintings, but there is an element of controlled randomness still, where pressure of hand, speed of manipulation, and wetness of paint most definitely result in slight organic patterning.

Someday, I hope to be lucky enough to own one of these and be able to study it up close and personal…

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