About Franz Ackermann
Born 1963, Neumarkt St. Veit, Germany. Lives and works: Berlin, Germany Franz Ackermann’s installations frequently comprise arrangements of urban ephemera, set against large wall paintings and small watercolours. They explore the idea of the artist as tourist, using painting almost as a type of GPS (Satellite Navigation) technology. The installations exist as maps of the psychogeographical drifts the artist undertakes in cities across the world. The watercolours, which Ackermann calls ‘mental maps’, are studies that the artist uses as ‘companions’ on his travels. They represent the artist’s itineraries and negotiations of places, and they directly inform the large paintings. In his installations, the artist confronts the viewer with two-dimensional works and a range of objects that encourage the movement of the viewer as a way to alter vision. The painted planes become spaces that must be walked through and experienced as the viewer is forced to navigate the psychedelic landscape of the work. For Altermodern, Ackermann has created an ‘on-site’ installation that consists of works made in his studio, while in transit and within the gallery.