In the broad series "agens" he interprets the music of the German composer Heinz Winbeck (1946-2019). Interestingly, Heinz Winbeck is not known to have experimented with the aforementioned space notation. He is counted among a group of composers who, in the post-war years, dedicated themselves to the "New Simplicity", a movement against the increasing complexity of musical parameters towards a progressive but simple tonal language. This music thrives on long, flat moments, which at times present powerful outbursts of sound, but always think in broad and lively colours.
Bernhard Paul translates these sound surfaces into visual surfaces: dabs of color, which he meticulously blurs together after application so that only a hint of the original color strength remains, create a ghostly washed-out color landscape. The blurring leaves slight vertical and horizontal contours and offers the observing eye elegant accents that the otherwise homogeneous surface would hide. Similar to Winbeck's "New Simplicity", Paul always follows a subtle color catalogue, which rarely contains more than five shades. In this way, his pictures achieve an external visual calm and are nevertheless full of driving vitality.
Text: Alexander F. Müller
Artworks by Bernhard Paul:
agens LI, 2022, Öl auf Leinwand, 70 x 90 cm, 3200 €
agens LV, 2022, Öl auf Leinwand, 110 x 90 cm, 4000 €
agens XLIX, 2021, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 40 cm, 1800 €
agens LIV, 2022, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 50 cm, 2200 €
agens LII, 2022, Öl auf Leinwand, 80 x 110 cm, 3800 €