Michael Behle
American, born 1974
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Michael Behle translates his fascination with deformity and the grotesque into paintings, drawings, and mixed-media sculpture. He attempts to collapse “high” and “low” art in his works by combining traditional artistic modes, such as portraiture and bronze sculpture, with toothpicks, collaged images of pop icons, and miscellaneous found objects, using them to transpose dramatic, grotesque distortions upon his figures. “I watch. I wonder,” he says. “I invest emotionally and intellectually and complete the process as some sort of critic/maker of self and environment—a contributor of visuals, objects and experiences.”

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