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    BENZ and CHANG

    Portland, Oregon

    “...the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.” - William Hutchison Murray

    The imaginative Mr. BenzBenz is working on a body of small walnut ink paintings that are inspired by photos from the early 20th Century. Topics include Modernism, Spiritualism, fairies, and Orientalism in their various forms—the sincere, the fraudulent, and the pretended.

    Says Benz, “I feel as if my paintings are dictated to me from something else. I see myself as a medium and believe that my job is to align myself with this creative impulse and also with the painting itself. I must add that I rarely do this perfectly. During the various steps of making a painting, I will ‘see’ something that belongs in the painting, and I do my best to add it. At times where the decision-making process breaks down, I consult a Magic 8-Ball for direction. The resulting paintings are dream-like.”

    Chang is a fictional photography studio partner to Mr. Benz. He is a stuffed cat of the stuffed animal variety, not the taxidermy variety.