Iris Schomaker

IRIS SCHOMAKER | Come To The Edge

25 February 2017 till 26 April 2017

Opening night: Saturday 25 February, 5-7 pm

In February 2017, Reflex Gallery is delighted to announce the first Benelux exhibition of Berlin-based artist Iris Schomaker.

The German artist has garnered international acclaim for her expressive large-scale watercolour and oil works on paper featuring figures in various states of repose.

The show will consist purely of new works, ranging in size from pieces that are 2m40x1m60 to smaller works of around 40x30cm. Each of her paintings consists of an arresting close-up of a single figure, lying reading, resting, sitting curled up, unaware of the viewer’s gaze.

“My interest is in the private moment,” says Schomaker of the theme that has been preoccupying her. But this is not voyeurism, in the traditional sense – “It is more like a sudden glimpse – something unexpected. These figures do not offer contact. Their faces are blank, vanishing.” This blankness allows us to project on to the image, their very anonymity an invitation to the viewer to bring something of their own. Furthermore, the larger-than-life scale draws us in, enveloping us. Being in the room surrounded by these figures is a powerfully immersive, contemplative experience.

No longer entirely solitary, the figures in Schomaker’s newer works are often accompanied by a symbolic animal – a fox, for instance. They are more an idea, atmosphere, energy than a real animal. A spirit animal, there to bring a strange, irritating and inspiring energy. In muted shades of black and grey, with only the thinnest veil of oil wash in faded aquamarine or yellow, the overall impression of Schomaker’s palette is decidedly monochrome. Some of these new works, however, introduce dramatic notes of cadmium red, canary yellow.

The figures are resolutely not portraits. For the various poses she depicts, Schomaker avidly collects images of unknown people – photos, sketches, things ripped out from magazines – which she draws from and assimilates in her work.

The tension between the two-dimensionality of the paper and the three dimensions of her figures is cleverly wrought, evocative of Schomaker’s predominant influences – from classic Japanese and Chinese prints and paintings up to current graphic novels.

A book accompanying the exhibition is for sale at the gallery. The artist will be present during the opening night on Saturday February 25th to sign her book.

Iris Schomaker (Stade, 1973) has had solo exhibitions in Texas and in various galleries in Germany and Spain. She participated in group shows in Berlinische Galerie and at Frankfurter Kunstverein. In 2014 she was participant at the biennale in Posnan. Her works can be found in numerous public and private collections.

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Past shows (selection)

In Times Of Plenty | The Shape Of Things Today

Jul 7th - Sep 4th 2018

Ichwan Noor | Ichwan Noor | Beetle Sphere

May 26th - Jun 30th 2018

Miles Aldridge | Miles Aldridge | ART HISTORY

Apr 7th - May 22nd 2018

Keith Coventry | Keith Coventry | Junk & Pure Junk

Feb 24th - Apr 4th 2018

New Beginnings

Jan 3rd - Feb 17th 2018

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen – Ballenesque – a Retrospective

Nov 23rd - Dec 30th 2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2017

Sep 22nd - Sep 24th 2017

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Silk Road

Sep 16th - Nov 11th 2017

Joel Morrison | Joel Morrison | New Works

May 6th - Aug 15th 2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2016

Sep 23rd - Sep 25th 2016

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | SHIPBUILDING | New Works

Nov 25th - Jan 7th 2017

Sculpture Project Gelderlandplein | Permanently On View

Donald Baechler | Donald Baechler | New Works

Sep 16th - Nov 15th 2016

Photo London 2016 Somerset House, Booth no. X2

May 18th - May 22nd 2016

Irina Ionesco | Irina Ionesco | Ma réalité rêvée

Mar 19th - May 10th 2016

Unseen Photo Fair 2015

Sep 18th - Sep 20th 2015

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | New Works from Dirt Meridian and Cuba

Nov 28th - Feb 20th 2016

Todd Hido | Todd Hido|Selections From A Survey: ‘Khrystyna’s World’

Sep 12th - Nov 21st 2015

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | Alluring Hell

Jun 6th - Aug 15th 2015

Araki | Araki | August and Megumi Kagurazaka

Dec 20th - Feb 28th 2015

Barry Reigate | One Cannot Get Fingerprints From A Rock

Oct 4th - Dec 6th 2014

Unseen Photofair 2014

Sep 18th - Sep 21st 2014

Beauty of Darkness II

Jun 21st - Aug 4th 2014

Miles Aldridge | One Black & White and Twenty Four Colour Photographs

Mar 8th - May 10th 2014

Robert Yarber | Robert Yarber | Panic Pending

Dec 6th - Jan 25th 2014

Artissima 2013

Nov 8th - Nov 10th 2013

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Wherever You Are Whatever You’re Doing This One’s For You

Sep 20th - Nov 24th 2013

Unseen 2013

Sep 26th - Sep 29th 2013

Something Like Summer

Jul 17th - Sep 13th 2013

John Copeland | All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

May 25th - Jul 16th 2013

Hisaji Hara | Hisaji Hara | A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus

Mar 23rd - May 11th 2013

Arco 2013

Feb 13th - Feb 17th 2013

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Climbing To Moon

Sep 29th - Dec 31st 2012

Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair

Dec 6th - Dec 9th 2012

Daido Moriyama | Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something

May 19th - Jul 28th 2012

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | Glass Paintings

Apr 7th - May 16th 2012

Arco Madrid 2012

Feb 15th - Feb 19th 2012

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen | Animal Abstraction

Nov 12th - Dec 10th 2011

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Rocky 6

Jul 9th - Sep 13th 2011

Moby | ‘Destroyed’ – Booksigning and Exhibition

May 31st - Jun 16th 2011

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | It Was Once a Paradise

Jun 1st - Jul 16th 2011

| John Copeland | Times of Grace

Nov 27th - Feb 15th 2011

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | Making History

Apr 10th - Jun 7th 2010

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | I’ll Never Forget What I Can’t Remember

Sep 18th - Nov 9th 2010

| Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe

Mar 14th - Jun 7th 2010

Alla Esipovich | No Comment

Jan 15th - Mar 13th 2010

Contemporary and Vintage Photography

Sep 26th - Nov 28th 2009

David Lachapelle | David LaChapelle | The Rape of Africa

Jun 6th - Jul 31st 2009

Bill Owens | Bill Owens | Riots & New Suburbia

Feb 28th - Apr 4th 2009

Miles Aldridge | Miles Aldridge | Acid Candy

May 3rd - Jul 5th 2008