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28 Jun. 2023

Larissa Fassler: Viewshed

Larissa Fassler
Diana Sherlock

Beautifully designed by Three Legged Dog, Larissa Fassler: Viewshed is a 344-page full-colour monograph that surveys Fassler’s works from the past 15 years. The publication contextualizes the artist’s contemporary art practice through discussions about urban geography, feminism, and geospatial politics. It includes a preface and an artist interview by editor Diana Sherlock and texts by an international roster of writers, Nicole Burisch, Chris Blache and Pascale Lapalud, Shauna Janssen, Fiona Shipwright, and Karen Till. The texts are translated into three languages (English, German, French) and the book is published by DISTANZ (Berlin, August 2022).

Larissa Fassler’s art practice is dedicated to understanding the complex relationships between human beings and their environments. Fassler repurposes analytical tools from urban sociology and urban planning to amass research and data about urban sites that she then transforms into large-format pencil drawings, paintings, sculptures, and expansive installations. Born in Vancouver but living in Berlin for the past two decades, Fassler has mapped significant urban places such as the the Gare du Nord, Les Halles, and the Place de la Concorde in Paris, New York City’s Columbus Circle, Istanbul’s Taksim Square, and Berlin’s Kottbusser Tor. Her multilayered works illustrate how urban environments impact the psychological and physical well-being of people and how, conversely, the built environment reflects people’s perception, understanding, and use of these places.

This launch is part of a Canadian book tour supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Larissa Fassler was born on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples currently known as Vancouver, Canada. She has lived and worked in Berlin since 1999. Fassler holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal and a Master of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Selected solo exhibitions include Currier Museum of Art (Manchester, New Hampshire), Bröhan Museum (Berlin), Esker Foundation (Calgary, Alberta), the Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris), Hessen State Museum Darmstadt, and Galerie Poggi (Paris). Group exhibitions of note include the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario), a public art commission by KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), and the 11th São Paulo Architecture Biennial. Her work was nominated for the 2018 MAC International Contemporary Art Prize (Belfast) and the 2019 Berlin Art Prize. This fall Fassler will participate in the fifth Chicago Architecture Biennial titled This is a Rehearsal, opening September 21st. Fassler is represented by Galerie Poggi, Paris.

Diana Sherlock is a Canadian independent curator and writer. She is a settler of English/Scottish/Irish heritage who is thankful to have lived most of her life in Mohkinstsis (Calgary, Alberta) and to have worked with many artists who make their homes in the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, Îyâxe Nakoda, and Métis Nation 3 in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. Sherlock has published over eighty texts in gallery catalogues and contemporary art journals internationally, including Border Crossings, Canadian Art, CMagazine, FUSE, BlackFlash, Ceramics: Art and Perception, .dpi Feminist Journal of Art and Digital Culture, Galleries West, and the Calgary Herald. Her essay, Capitalizing on community: The makerspace phenomenon, is included in the anthology The New Politics of the Handmade: Craft, Art and Design, edited by Nicole Burisch and Anthea Black (Bloomsbury, UK, 2021). She is the editor of Rita McKeough: Works, a monograph including a full-length album and an artist’s multiple representing this significant Canadian artist’s performances and installations (EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, M:ST Performative Art, and TRUCK Contemporary Art, Calgary, 2018). Larissa Fassler: Viewshed is her most recently edited monograph (DISTANZ, Berlin, 2022). Sherlock is a consultant with CMCK Public Art, with whom she has coauthored curatorial assessments of both the City of Calgary’s and the City of Edmonton’s public art collections. Mary Shannon Will: People, Places and Things (2020–21, Nickle Galleries, Calgary) was her most recent curatorial project. She taught curatorial and professional practices at the Alberta College of Art and Design (now Alberta University of the Arts) for twenty years.

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