*1963 in Neumarkt-Sankt Veit, Germany
Set of 10Mixed media on paper13 x 19 cm, each
Franz Ackermann started to work on his so-called “mental maps” during an extended stay in Hong Kong in the early 1990s. He only works on these drawings, watercolours or collages when travelling. In these small-scaled works, Ackermann traces his surroundings and mixes the actual and concrete features of a place – the streets, the architecture, the environment – with a highly subjective view of the world. His large scale paintings, on the contrary, are directly linked to the isolated situation of the studio – a place where the artist can take a step back from the chaos of the world to arrange figurative elements, collected photographic images or graphical elements into large tableaux of memory.
© 2017, Franz Ackermann