Here’s just a short wee post to keep things rolling; a wee look at one of the artists I’m looking at this semester.
Franz Ackermann, who paints landscapes — but in a completely unexpected and different format to what we would expect. He tends to paint his experiences of cities he’s visited, rather than the actual visual landscape; which results in what I think is one of the most beautiful, stimulating, and visually all-encompassing approaches I’ve come across. Ackermann refers to these as “Mental Maps”, which I think is a beautiful approach to painting. I absolutely love his work; I know I could never measure up in quality, finish, and material, but he is an absolute inspiration.
Here’s some images of his work — I hope you can find as much brilliance in them as I do.
Mental Map: Evasion V; 1996
Mental Map: Evasion VI; 1996
Helicopter XVI (On the balcony); 2001.
Here’s a fantastic link with more information on Ackermann and his work; also the source for the images.