Painter Bernd Haussmann and Sculptor Peter Bradley Cohen
4 for ART GALLERY 53 CHURCH STREET, Lenox, MA
SAMENESS AND ONE
TINY FETISH Peter Bradley Cohen + IN DIFFERENT WORDS Bernd Haussmann.
”What is solid in Peter’s work is soft and fragile in Bernd’s, reminding us of the fake reality of a trompe l’oeil painting.
What appears so solid and serious, monumental and almost archaic, is also about chance and impermanence and play. That is true for both approaches.
All images are thought objects, whether they are 2- or 3-dimensional.
What things seem to be is not always what they are. What we don’t see is not what is not. Words are often misleading.
Both series speak their truth, questioning appearances, expectations, judgment. You either accept and see what is or you let yourself be guided by illusion.
There is no right or wrong in perceptions. All is always part of another. So why force or deny a connection that is naturally here.
No need to stay on the surface. But that is fine, too. Surface is only the first encounter.
And what about color?
Of course, if any collaboration is good for anything then 1 plus 1 must equal 3. And on a good day, the work and the ego will dissolve into zero, sameness."
A picture exists in its own time
Its own reality
And equally and parallel in the time and reality of the viewer
At the moment of its viewing -
Within the viewer’s own reality
So a picture is a heteropia and
Also a Utopia (according to Foucault)
An external and internal space
Because the picture exists in its own time and space
And parallel, as a counteraction, to the position of the viewer
So a picture is a mirror and also a boat
And what is a window?
PETER BRADLEY COHEN