'The daily practice of painting, in Ackermann's case, amounts to
nothing less than an attempt to redefine the discipline itself, not as a stable given, but as a fluid, self-differing medium constantly branching out into new territories.'
White cube is pleased to present a new exhibition of works by Franz
Ackermann. Ackermann makes large-scale dynamic installations that are builtup from individual components comprising paintings,drawings,photographs,wall drawings and sculptural, billboard-like constructions. Ackermann uses the gallery space as an extension of his studio, the site where the installation is finally constructed and finished. Colourful and architectural, his abstract works function as elements within a greater system - an imaginary mental topography that explores notions of travel,urbanism and globalisation, connecting the specifics of disparate locales.
His installations map real and imaginary places, buildings and urban
layouts, but are as much about the fantasy of escape as they are
political gestures in an ever-shifting world.
Ackermann's work frequently deals with the double side of tourism - the glamour, speed and consumption of international travel but also the detritus, architectural scarring and garbage that it leaves behind. His paintings deal with illusionary points of view, bringing together details from far away places to ones that are closer to home, seeing the city as a lens through which other places are represented. Entitled 'Home, home again'after a Pink Floyd song,this exhibition will bring together a series of large-scale paintings, numerous drawings and floor and wall based sculptures that focus on London as their conceptual point of departure. For the first time, Ackermann will present a large-scale drawing that is a metaphorical
link between his ongoing mental map series - watercolours made while on the move in hotels around the world - and his painting constructed from memory in the studio.
The show will also examine the relationship between tourism and
terrorism - the spectre of international travel - as well as the way that cities are constantly in flux, in the case of London, looking towards the Olympic games in 2012 that will irrefutably change the layout of our existing city. Alwayssite-specific, his work comments on the architecture of the space it inhabits, whilst inviting the viewer to enter its proposed geographicalspace. Ackermann's paintings fuse various perspectives in one image, from distant to close up or simultaneously from above and below creating an
ungrounded, all-over terrain that recalls the energy of Italian
Futurist paintings or the visual delirium and alienation that one experiences in new cities. The work is predicated on the roving eye of the artist, the travelling flâneur, which can be traced from Baudelaire to the ubiquitous contemporary tourist.
Franz Ackermann has exhibited internationally. He has had numerous solo exhibitions including Kunsthalle Basel, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam,Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg and Irish Museum of Modern Art,Dublin.
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