The exhibition folder for Fiona Ackerman's exhibition "It's Not You, It's Me" is now available and complimentary at Winsor. It is accompanied by by Sunshine Frère's essay  titled "Breaking Up." Frère surveys Ackerman's exhibition history along with the Ackerman's interest in philosophy and painting as research. Come by, see the show and pick up your own copy.

Exhibition Folder for Fiona Ackerman. Essay by Sunshine Frère. 2014
Exhibition Folder for Fiona Ackerman. Essay by Sunshine Frère. 2014

"Ackerman first exhibited a series of paintings in 2012 that were a departure from her abstract work. Entitled  Heterotopia, the paintings were hybrids of abstraction and realism. They were the result of the artist's experimentation during an initial period of creative block. Breaking things down in her studio, she selected icons and gestures that had recurred frequently in her abstract work, and turned them into simple isolated paper-based studies. This exploration revealed she had been developing a personal lexicon of painterly symbols within her abstract work for quite some time. The de-construction of past work also resulted in a series of interesting and impromptu studio installations. Paper works were hung next to and on top of finished and unfinished paintings that were arbitrarily hanging or leaning on the floor. The flatness of the symbols on paper shifted into the third dimension as the paper curled from the unfixed points and created shadows on the walls. Amidst the chaos of the studio, a fourth dimension emerged. The studio space became a muse, a mirror and a heterotopia. 

"... It's Not You, It's Me, the 2014 exhibition of work by Fiona Ackerman, is an expanded exploration of philosopher Michel Foucault's concept of Heterotopia. Nearly two years on from this last exhibition, Ackerman is in the thick of processing multiple studio visits, coalescing information and imagery, deconstructing, and recontextualising. The artist has become an 'art-thropological' explorer and voyeur, culling aesthetic components from various artworks found in studios and meticulously recording both the oddities and banalities of each of these spaces."  -Sunshine Frère, (excerpt) 2014