As the Rain is Falling, an exhibition of new paintings by
Bernd Haussmann, will be on display January 19 through February 16
at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held
Saturday, January 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The show will include more
than a dozen new, large-scale paintings that harness the power of abstraction
to engage viewers on visual, intellectual, and emotional levels.
As a whole, the pieces in As the Rain is Falling address the elusive,
ephemeral moment of true presence that can result from an active, inspired
dialogue between painting and viewer. With deft combinations of still swaths
and heady spatters populating each canvas, Haussmann seeks to reach out to
onlookers and spur an instant of acute awareness, not unlike the moment when
rain begins to fall, when senses are at their most heightened and absorptive
of atmospheric and spiritual energy. It is this magical, transitional time
Haussmann is interested in capturing-the moment of "connectedness"
between our internal musings and external surroundings.
As the Rain is Falling
The mind is quiet
For a moment.
In unison with the nature of Now.
I am still for a moment. There is peace.
I am nature for a moment. United. In peace.
Everything is quiet for a moment. And still. Connected in peace.
Haussmann's nonrepresentational compositions consist of colorful, textural
elements that abut and overtake, emerge and recede, and eventually coalesce
within the picture plane. Amorphous strokes of color, organic lines, and
free form sprays evoke a sense of the primordial as they recall forces of
nature that bring order to chaos, but also disrupt stagnant patterns.
Ultimately, they reveal a deeper source, as if peering into the core of
artistic, individual, and universal potential.
However, Haussmann's work is not simply an exploration of line, color,
and texture. It serves as an invitation to dive in, deep below the surface,
and experience the sensations brought about through seeing, thinking, and
feeling-the sublime respite attained by a true connection with the art.
Haussmann considers the artist's role as one of a provider, who initiates
visual and sensory interactions through his work. For him, art, in its most
significant iteration, emerges only through this conversation-one which he
describes as a "democratic dialogue" between artwork and viewer.
"It's not something you can put into words," he says.
Further, Haussmann views art not as a way to repair that which is flawed,
to entertain, or beautify, but as a conduit to opening oneself up to
realizing what needs attention. In that vein, the artist employs the
dynamism of abstraction to stimulate conversation through aesthetic
response. With layers of pigment, he builds and reveals fundamental,
elemental sensory experiences that inspire conversations and connections
between art and viewer, and eventually, within the larger context of the
world. "Art is an action not of hope, but of being, of opening up to
what really is," says Haussmann. "Through that act of experiencing,
we become more connected to ourselves and to the world."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Long recognized for both his solo work and conceptual collaborations,
Bernd Haussmann has exhibited art in numerous one-person and group
exhibitions across the United States and abroad. Venues include galleries,
nonprofit organizations, and art fairs in New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami,
New Orleans, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Atlanta, and the DFW Metroplex, among
others Internationally, he has shown work in Germany, Belgium, and Canada.
Haussmann participates in many collaborations, among them the Video Sonic
Project with the Media Institute of the University of Tuebingen; Darwin's
Coral-One Ocean Project with OneWorldOcean; White-Out with Mote Marine and
Conor Goulding in Sarasota, Florida; the Third Image photo project with
Rick Ashley; and the Nucleus Project with Werner Trotter. His many video
projects can be found on YouTube and Vimeo.
Haussmann's work has appeared in many publications, among them Art Ltd.,
Artnewsinternational, Art New England, the Boston Globe, Fort Worth's
Star-Telegram, New American Paintings, Metropolitan Home, This Old House
(25th Anniversary Designer Show House), and House Beautiful. His art can
be found in many public and private collections as well, including those
of Alliance Capital and the Ritz Carlton in Boston; the Hyatt Regency and
Xerox Corporations in Rochester, New York; Miami Beach's Fontainebleau;
Nordstrom; the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, Massachusetts; and
the Stadtmuseum in Tübingen, Germany, to name a few. In Texas, his work
appears in the collections of the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus
Christi, the Longview Museum of Fine Art, and Fort Worth's Healthpoint
Haussmann served as artist-in-residence at the Broad Institute at Harvard
and MIT from 2012 to 2015, and worked on DNA Song, a project with the
Berklee School of Music, from 2013 to 2014. He currently teaches at the
Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, the Provincetown Art Association
and Museum (PAAM), and the Montserrat College of Art, all in Massachusetts.
Before that, he was a mentor at Lesley University in Boston, the Art
Institute of Boston, and the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
Born in Tübingen, Germany, Bernd Haussmann became a US resident in 1994.
He and his wife, Anne, split their time between Massachusetts and western
Maine, where they run a 450-acre nature project.