Andy Denzler Uses Simple Techniques For Big Achievements

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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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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