A Harlequin Escapade
May 14 - 30, 2009
Artist Reception: May 14, 6 – 8 pm
Fiona Ackerman creates a world of visual contradictions in her new series of work, A Harlequin Escapade. Using a controlled chaos of colours and gestural mark-making, she generates nonrepresentational shapes and patterns that manage to conjure a sense of place, event and landscape.
Ackerman’s acrylic and oil paintings on canvas and paper stretch the limits of visual language. She borrows from the language of popular culture with such stylistic idioms as graffiti, spatters, airbrush and collage, and fearlessly mixes the sensibility of contemporary décor with a personal and idiosyncratic approach. The paradox, for Ackerman, is to meet her free-fall invention with a mindful but seemingly tumultuous skirmish of shapes, forms and patterns. In her studio, she is driven by a process of trial and error as she spontaneously combines the narrative with the conceptual, the abstract with the stylized, and random gestures with purposeful intent.
Originally from Montreal, Fiona Ackerman studied painting at Dawson College and Concordia University. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2002 from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, where she now lives. Ackerman was included in the publication Carte Blanche, Vol 2: Painting (2008). She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in France, Germany and Canada.
Fiona Ackerman is the daughter of Canadian journalist and author, Marianne Ackerman. She has exhibited with her father, the well-known German painter Gregor Hiltner, in Nuremberg, Germany. A Harlequin Escapade will be her first solo exhibition with Diane Farris Gallery.
Fictional Flora, 2009