Los Angeles

Franz Ackermann

Thomas Solomon's Garage

Where the hell is Franz Ackermann anyway? This is the question that inevitably arises when viewing the work of this Berlin–based artist who wanders from one geographic location or cultural situation to the next, looking for new experiences, and maybe even a little meaning. If Ackermann belongs anywhere, however, it may well be in one of his small, almost hallucinatory “Mental Map” paintings, 1994–95.

Living life in the form of a continuous trip, with requisite stopovers in his native Germany, Ackermann seems to have found a degree of romance in the notion of world citizenship. In connection with his Los Angeles exhibition (entitled “properties”), the artist spent a few weeks exploring the local environment, and even used L.A.’s neglected bus system (only the city’s disenfranchised or bold out-of-towners intent on a messy urban adventure would actually do that sort of thing). But from this

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