Bartmann is drawn to non-designed, left-over places. He evokes emotion using spatial dimension, atmosphere, and defining architecture. Space is a living thing in these paintings; a tangible, palliable presence. Tension exists among the use of traditional one point perspective, the flat abstract two-dimensional canvas world, and the surface of the paint.
Bartmann is interested more in the journey through the space and paint layers rather than a particular fixed image. He likes the idea that the viewer is free to roam around. Bartmann wants the entire process to show through the final painting. The residue of the previous drawing and painting comes through in the final version.
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