Bernhard Zimmer, ‘AWH 65’, 2013, Artspace Warehouse

At first glance, German artist Bernhard Zimmer's paintings appear abstract, similar to a meditative object without life or depopulated landscapes. The onlooker gets lured into the artworks by the unconventional forms of finely textured and shimmering surfaces, flooded by the colors and their subtle relationships, and ends up discovering that the painting is full of life. The depth of the artworks is striking; it creates a kind of ontology of life in the open space to make itself felt. The various elements of this artwork stick together in a narrow spectrum of colors and vibrate in their color nuances. Bernhard Zimmer's powerfully colored images are relief-like structures that he built from many layers of paint. His focus is the visualization and reflection of the tension between order and chaos. The artist creates a fine balance to the juxtaposing elements in his layered and complex artwork.

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About Bernhard Zimmer

Bernhard Zimmer produces layered, subtly textured paintings that hold opposites—order and chaos, abstraction and representation, boldness and subtlety—in exquisite tension. Working with oil and mixed media on canvas, he paints fields of soft shapes, blocks of color, and delicate lines; grids of sketchily rendered faces; and blocks of text or word fragments partially submerged, like hieroglyphics, in rich washes of color. Like reliefs, his compositions are built up from numerous layers of paint, marks, and images. Their surfaces shift with the light and the changing position of the viewer. Full of strength and fragility, Zimmer’s works reward patient viewing, revealing their rich visual nuances to those who take time to look into their layers.

German, b. 1957

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