White Cube Mason’s Yard is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Franz Ackermann, his third with the gallery. Ackermann will transform the ground-floor gallery with an installation entitled ‘Wait’, while in the lower-level gallery the artist will exhibit a group of interconnected but standalone paintings thate toe his themes of borders, travel and globalisation.
The anchoring presence in the installation ‘Wait’ is a large painting titled Citizen that depicts the goggled of a military pilot. This character, immense and disembodied, seems towatch over the gallery, in which the viewer is surrounded by a vertiginous, fragmented environment. Ackermann fills the space with a variety of and surfaces
: a freestanding painting that spins, drawings, video and found are all focalthatcompete for the viewer’s attention. Facing the pilot, a painting that is sacross, its surface composed of architectural fragments, flashes of riotous colour and allusions to Biblical narrative, engulfs the space. While ‘Wait’ offers a space where the viewer can reflect on the instability of signs and symbols in everyday life, the installation also generates a mood of surveillance, as if this visual abundance were simultaneously festive andsinister.
In centre of the lower-level gallery, Ackermann will install a freestanding, three-dimensional painting flanked by two cube-like structures, every side of these works by drawings of vortexes and patches of vibrant colour. This intervention will break up the space into two
, further demarcated by the dominant cold and warm colour schemes of the paintings that suggest the division of . In the ‘warm’ section, the paintings have façade-like surfaces, with geometric blocks of interlocking colour patterns interrupted by organic forms. The paintings in the ‘cold’ section are more atmospheric, evoking with broader colour fields and large swathes of blue that act like glimpses of sky. The divisions and borders in Ackermann’s work are both formal and thematic, to everything from the vast interiors of Tintoretto to the generic architecture of global mega-cities and the jagged abstractions of Stuart Davis , create a space in which the history of art and our urban environment seem inextricably intertwined.
Franz Ackermann was born in 1963 in Neumarkt St Veit, Germany, and lives and works in Berlin, Germany.