Traveling has become fundamental in his works, experimenting with practices inspired by situationist deviation and psychogeography *. He uses photographs and sketches done in pencil, ink and watercolor, taken during voyage, to make mental maps. They are not mimetic reproductions of the territory but instead a synthesis of the physical and mental world. From these, he elaborates vertiginous agglomerations of vibrant colors, which confront the viewer with a collapsed perspective of pictorial, geographical and architectural space. For Franz Ackermann, the voyage and the experiences that he lives through are part of the creative process.
He has had solo exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Irish Museum of Modern Art, National Museum Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, among others. His works can be found in important collections such as Daimler Contemporary Berlin and Inhotim Center of Contemporary Art, Minas Gerais.
In November 2012, Franz Ackermann will present his most recent work in Faena Arts Center’s Molinos Room: a 2800 sq. ft. site-specific. To achieve it, he will travel to Buenos Aires, where he will photograph the city’s highlights, to create a new mental map. He will work during two months composing his mural, which will consist of 25 panels of painted wood, which will be subsequently assembled in the room.
* Psychogeography is a proposal of situationism in which one tries to understand the effects of geographical environment based upon emotions and people’s behavior. One of its best-known strategies, deviation, is an urban hike without specific direction, following the pulse time.