Fiona Ackerman

About the artist

Fiona Ackerman wurde 1978 in Ottawa geboren und lebt und arbeitet als Malerin in Vancouver, BC, Kanada. Seit ihren BFA-Abschlüssen an der Concordia-Universität in Montréal und der Emily Carr Universität in Vancouver hatte Fiona zahlreiche Einzel- und Gruppenausstellungen in Kanada, USA, Europa, UK und Asien. Sie war u.a. 2015 auf der Longlist für den Sobey Prize und erhielt 2009 eine ehrenvolle Erwähnung für den Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture.

———

Fiona Ackerman was born 1978 in Ottawa. She a painter living and working in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Since completing her BFA at Concordia University in Montréal and Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Fiona has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada, USA, Europe, UK and Asia. Amongst others she was longlisted for the Sobey Prize in 2015 and received an honourable mention for the Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture in 2009.

GEBOREN | BORN

1978 in Ottawa

GENRE

Malerei/Painting

LAND | COUNTRY

Kanada/Canada

ABSCHLUSS | DEGREE

Visual Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, BFA, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver

KÜNSTLER-STATEMENT | ARTIST STATEMENT

01.

Die Grenzen der Malerei weit offen halten | Keeping the limits of painting wide open

“Ausgehend von der Abstraktion lenke ich meine Arbeit in neue Richtungen. Ich liebe es, mich selbst zu überraschen und die Grenzen meiner Malerei weit offen zu halten. Während ich an einer Serie arbeite, entwickle ich eine Sprache, die auf meine Stimmungen oder konzeptionellen Ziele abgestimmt ist.“

———

“Rooted in abstraction, I like to push my work in new directions, to surprise myself, and keep the limits of my painting wide open. Working in series, I develop a language specific to the mood or conceptual objectives I’m working on.”

02.

Experimentierfreude | Love of Experimentation

Zu ihren jüngsten Projekten gehören großflächige Fassadaengemälde in Vancouver und eine Videoprojektion für das Facadefestival in Vancouver. In letzter Zeit sind neue Videoarbeiten entstanden, in denen nicht nur ihr zeichnerisches Können, sondern auch ihre Musikalität, ihre Experimentierfreude und ihr kompositorisches Geschick im Umgang mit den neuen Medien sichtbar wird. Für Fiona bedeutet künstlerisches Arbeiten Forschen. Dies zeigen die ausgehend von Michel Foucaults Konzept der Heterotopie entwickelten Arbeiten genauso wie ihre Studien zu Sybilla Maria Merian.

———

Recently Fiona has created a series of videos in which not only her drawing skills but also her musicality, her love of experimentation and her compositional talent in operating the new media become visible. For Fiona artistic work means research. Her works based on Michel Foucault´s concept of Heterotopia, shown in her two solo exhibitions at GALERIE KREMERS as well as her recent studies on Sybilla Maria Merian´s life and work testify to this.

03.

Jede Serie wie ein neues Buch | Each series like a new book

“Im Laufe der Jahre hat meine Arbeit viele verschiedene stilistische Entwicklungen erfahren. Meine Arbeitsweise ähnelt der eines Autors. Jede Serie ist wie ein neues Buch, das sich in Ton, Stil und Geschichte unterscheidet. Aber sie sind alle Teile eines größeren Archivs und jeweils ein bedeutungsvolles Stück des Ganzen.”

———

“Over the years, my work has seen many different stylistic evolutions. I see my arc of work much like that of an author. Each series is like a new book, different in tone, style and story. But they are all part of a larger archive, and each a meaningful piece of the whole.”

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

2002
BFA, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Visual Arts, Vancouver

1998-2000
Concordia University, Painting and Drawing, Montreal

Einzelausstellungen | Solo Exhibitions

2020
(Forthcoming) Metamorphosis I, Galerie Kremers, Berlin
(Forthcoming) Flowers for Rapunzel, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB

2019
Canadian Wildflowers, Oeno Gallery, Bloomfield Ont
Herbaria, Gallery Jones, Vancouver BC

2018
Act Naturally, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB

2017
Grasslands II, Galerie Kremers, Berlin Germany

2016
Glasslands, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
Spiegel im Spiegel, Galerie Kremers, Berlin
Chaos Theory, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB

2015
Night Driving, p|m Gallery, Toronto ON
Aus der Wunderkammer des Friedrich Meckseper, White Brush Gallery, Düsseldorf Germany (+ Catalog)

2014
What has Already Been Said is Still Not Enough, Galerie Pfaff, Schwarzenbruck, Germany
It’s not You, Ir’s Me, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
Amplifier, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB

2013
Die Ordnung der Dinge, White Brush Gallery, Düsseldorf Germany

2012
Expeditions Through the Mirrror Galerie Claus Steinrötter, Müster Germany
Heterotopia, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC

2011
Celebratory Gunfire, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB

2010
Artificial Kingdom, Parts Gallery, Toronto ON

2009
A Harlequin Escapade, Diane Farris Gallery, VancouverBC

2008
Reminiscence, View Art Gallery, Victoria BC

2005
Heavy Sky Over Surabaya, Galerie Jurgen Kaspar, Nuremberg, DE

Gruppenausstellung (Auswahl)  | Select Group Exhibitions

2018
Abstraction, Bluerider ART, Taipei, Taiwan
Abstractions Actuelles, Galerie d’Este, Montreal PQ

2017
Vancouver Mural Festival Exhibition, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver BC
O Canada, Beers London, London UK
Modus Operandi: Nate McLeod, Tia Halliday and Fiona Ackerman, Herringer Kiss Gallery, AB

2016
Mimetic Workshop: Studio Still Lifes of Fiona Ackerman and Kelly Lycan, Surrey Art Gallery, BC

2015
Concurrent 2, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC

2014
Concurrent, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
Abstrakt – Informel, White Brush Gallery, Düsseldorf Germany

2010
“Pushing the Edge” Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC
“Gold.”, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC

2009
“Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture” Kingston, Ont., Toronto Ont., Wolfville NS, Calgary AB

2007
“Halcyon Days.” Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC
“Portrayal.” Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC

Messeteilnahmen | Art Fair Participations

2019
Art Toronto –  Oeno Gallery
Seattle Art Fair –  Gallery Jones
Art Budapest, Galerie Kremers

2018
Seattle Art Fair –  Gallery Jones
Art Taipei, Bluerider Art, Taiwan

2017
Art Budapest –  Galerie Kremers
Positions Berlin –  Galerie Kremers

2016
Art Toronto – Solo Booth. Winsor Gallery
Budapest Art Fair –  Galerie Kremers

2014
Art Toronto – Heringer Kiss Gallery / p|m Gallery

2013
Art Toronto – Heringer Kiss Gallery

2012
Art Toronto – Heringer Kiss Gallery

2010
Art Toronto – Parts Gallery

Preise | Awards

2015
Sobey Art Award – Longlist
2009
Honorable Mention, Kinston Prize Portrait Competition, Kingston Arts Council
2008
Selection “Carte Blanche, Vol. 2 – Painting.” The Magenta Foundation

Sammlungen | Collections

Richard Ivey School of Business
Bankhaus Bauer HT, Stuttgart Germany
BMO – Bank of Montreal Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Polygon

Veröffentlichungen | Publications

2014
“Paint What you Know – An interview with Fiona Ackerman” by Alex Stursberg SAD Mag
Creative Block, by Danielle Krysa, Chronicle Books, San Francisco USA

2013
It’s Nice That: Annual 2013, London UK

2012
From the Desk Of – (web interview) November 28
Juxtapose Magazine – (web feature) October 25
“Der magische Ort” Münstersche Zeitung – Noveber 24
“Expeditionen mit dem Spiegel” Wesfälische Nachrichte, Nov 23

2011
Proxart Magazine, California
“Interview: Fiona Ackerman” Block Magazine, June 17

2010
Branch Magazine, issue 3: Hunger
“Artificial Kingdom” R.M.  Vaughan, Globe and Mail Toronto
“Pushing the Edge, Diane Farris Gallery” Helena Wadsley, Galleries West, Winter

2009
“A Harlequin Escapade” Mike Landry, Things of Desire (web)
“Art is in the right place at the Eastside Culture Crawl”  Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight

2008
Magenta Carte Blanche: Vol.2 – Painting. Introduction by Jane Urquhart
“The Abstract Art of Reminiscence” Kevin Nelson, Monday Magazine
“In A Garden,” Shelagh Plunkett, EnRoute Magazine

2005
“2 Facetten der Verwandtschaft,” Bernd Zachoe, Nurnberger Nachrichten
“Kunst aus Kanada: Fiona Ackermans Bilder,” Jochen Schmoldt, Plarrer Magazine

2004
“Artists Get Inspired when Cultures Collide,” Elaine Cordon, Westender Magazine
“21 Artist Pile-Up: Collision 2004,” Terminal City, Alan Hindle

2003
“Collision Vision Unites Artists on Wood Work,” Mary Frances Hill, Westender Magazine

ZENTRALE WERKE | KEY WORKS

Fiona Ackerman | Archives, 90 cm x 76 cm, 2017

Fiona Ackerman | Slang, 180 cm x  160 cm, 2011

Fiona Ackerman | Woman by a window, 120 cm x 180 cm, 2012

Back to list

Related Projects