I was recently asked to introduce my amazing friend Bernhard Wöstheinrich at the opening for his gallery collection of “Interiors for Space Vessels” in Berlin. Sadly, I wasn’t able to appear in person. I wrote this… and SO wish I could hear it read in German!
If you are in or near Berlin, please consider attending?
Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Art exhibit and guided tours of Interiors for Space Vessels
Exhibition of paintings on display from April 07 until May 05 2107
Vernissage: Special appearance by and introduction of the artist at April 04 2017. 20:00 / 8:00 pm
…and my Special Introduction!
I first became aware of Bernhard in 2009 when I purchased a cd of back catalog material from Markus Reuter after his musical performance. The pieces from Markus and Bernhard’s band centrozoon seized my attention and I became a voracious follower of those who “played the wrong notes.” The music was like nothing I had heard before. I appreciated how unpredictable it was and how it made me think. I connected with Bernhard on Facebook and as we chatted about music, compared cultural differences and similarities, and shared our mutual Germanic admiration of fried potatoes, he quickly became a dear friend. In November of 2016 I was thrilled to finally meet him in real life when he and Markus toured the east coast of the U.S. for centrozoon’s 20th anniversary.
Bernhard Wöstheinrich is a true modern renaissance man. This is traditionally defined as “a person with many talents or areas of knowledge.” He is a composer, painter, graphic designer, performer, small town bohemian, a record label owner, a dedicated son, partner, a compassionate, empathetic and devoted friend. Bernhard’s talents and passions are exceptional; beyond mere “knowledge” and delving into expertise. I believe the key to this is the depth to which he shares the intricacies of his very being through his art. When playing solo, Bernhard sometimes adopts a musical persona of the Redundant Rocker or Bern-Heart.
Heart. Bernhard gives his all, always, in how he reaches out artistically, musically, and emotionally.
Mind. Bernhard makes his audiences think by showing us the unexpected, by playing the unpredictable. He engages one’s intellect to pause, to ponder, to deduce, to experience, to wonder.
Soul. Once he has you enraptured in his work, Bernhard can carry you away in wonderment, either on a musical journey through an alien landscape or deep into inner and outer spaces in his artwork.
I ask you to consider heart, mind and soul when viewing his paintings, and approach them openly.
In “splitter” and others, one can imagine these as detailed and scientific molecular views of newly discovered elements, highlighting their unique and possibly alien characteristics.
There are notes of the medical and anatomical sciences to be found in “coven” or “women2.”
Viewing the galactic atmospheric “angellicker” you may see a brewing storm, or perhaps a break in the clouds and an end to turmoil.
“konkreteimprovisation” seems to capture a glimpse of the divine and conversely something a tad sinister in “yellowblack.”
My personal favorite of Bernhard’s work to date is “eyesea.” It captivates my imagination, makes me want to dive into the space and see where the sea carries me.
Please, enjoy wherever he takes you with this collection of “Interiors for Space Vessels”, and give a warm welcome to my dear friend Bernhard Wöstheinrich.
(riotous applause from the enormous crowd!!!)
Bernhard (l) and Markus Reuter (r) as centrozoon, 11/2016