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Bernd Haussmann: The Space in Between: Works from the Series Mountains and Oceans    Mar 26 - Apr 30, 2011

Mountains & Oceans
Bernd Haussmann
Mountains & Oceans, 2011
Bernd Haussmann
Untitled, 2008
Bernd Haussmann
Untitled, 2008
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Opening reception: Saturday, March 26th 2-9pm

An exhibition of new paintings by Bernd Haussmann will be on display March 26 - April 30 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held on Spring Gallery Night, Saturday, March 26, 2:00-9:00 p.m. The exhibition will feature pieces from Haussmann's acclaimed Mountains and Oceans series, which includes bold, colorful abstract paintings designed to engage the viewer on both visual and psychological planes.

With my work I try to help bridge the space between where we are now and where we would like to be.

Uninterested in reworking extant imagery, Haussmann endeavors to explore a new realm as he paints, creating his own brand of abstraction to relate the experience. Of his Mountains and Oceans series, the artist remarks: "I am not so much interested in what we see but in what we don't see. I am curious what is beyond the mountain or underneath the sea or in the space in between."

Haussmann's paintings function not as representations of the physical world, but as visual journeys into its unseen essence. Abstract, organic fields of color challenge viewer perception as enigmatic layers turn in on themselves, blurring lines between positive and negative space. Canvases are bold yet subtle, quiet yet palpable.

Ultimately, Haussmann strives to share his experience as artist while also offering a new experience for the viewer. He explains: "I am interested in beginnings, how we perceive realities, how we process and respond to information and how we create new experiences. My paintings are vehicles to transport my thoughts and stimulate response and interaction. Painting is a tool to learn more about ourselves and the world we are part of."

A nationally and internationally recognized painter, Bernd Haussmann has exhibited work in dozens of one-person and group exhibitions across the United States and abroad, including venues in New York, Boston, Santa Fe, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, and Atlanta, as well as in Fort Worth and Dallas. Internationally, he has shown work in Germany, Belgium, and Canada.

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. Haussmann's work can be found in many private and public art collections, including those of the Fort Worth's Healthpoint Corporation, Alliance Capital and the Ritz Carlton in Boston, the Hyatt Regency and Xerox Corporations in Rochester, Miami Beach's Fontainebleau, Nordstrom, the Longview Museum of Fine Art, the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, and the Stadtmuseum in Tübingen, Germany, to name a few.

Born in Germany, Bernd Haussmann became a U.S. resident in 1994. He and his wife Anne split their time between Massachusetts and western Maine.

Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions, photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity found in contemporary art.

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