Check out Fiona Ackerman's Exhibition at The Surrey Art Gallery Tommorrow!
Mimetic Workshop: Studio Still Lifes of Fiona Ackerman and Kelly Lycan
(At the Surrey Art Gallery from September 17 to December 4)
The subject of the artist’s studio is a vexed and intriguing one. Romanticized through the 19th and 20th centuries as the site of individual creative production, the studio in recent years has been increasingly replaced by “poststudio” practice, shifting the where, the how, and the who of art-making. In this exhibition, Ackerman creates paintings that juggle illusion and abstraction while depicting the studios of her peers, including Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and Jessica Eaton. Lycan makes assemblagelike sculptures in response to photos of famous modern artists, such as Constantin Brancusi and Louise Bourgeois, in their studios.
The Draw: Even as the studio is deromanticized in our postmodern age, our curiosity about what occurs there remains lively, if not downright intense.