• IRIS SCHOMAKER | COME TO THE EDGE
  • IRIS SCHOMAKER | COME TO THE EDGE
  • IRIS SCHOMAKER | COME TO THE EDGE
  • IRIS SCHOMAKER | COME TO THE EDGE
  • IRIS SCHOMAKER | COME TO THE EDGE
  • IRIS SCHOMAKER | COME TO THE EDGE

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)

Joel Morrison | Joel Morrison | New Works

06-05-2017 till 15-08-2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2016

23-09-2016 till 25-09-2016

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | SHIPBUILDING | New Works

25-11-2016 till 07-01-2017

Sculpture Project Gelderlandplein | Permanently On View

Donald Baechler | Donald Baechler | New Works

16-09-2016 till 15-11-2016

Photo London 2016 Somerset House, Booth no. X2

18-05-2016 till 22-05-2016

Irina Ionesco | Irina Ionesco | Ma réalité rêvée

19-03-2016 till 10-05-2016

Unseen Photo Fair 2015

18-09-2015 till 20-09-2015

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

28-11-2015 till 20-2-2016

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

12-09-2015 till 21-11-2015

Nobuyoshi Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | Alluring Hell

06-06-2015 till 15-08-2015

Nobuyoshi Araki | Araki | August and Megumi Kagurazaka

20 December 2014 till 28 February 2015

Barry Reigate | One Cannot Get Fingerprints From A Rock

4 October 2014 till 6 December 2014

Unseen Photofair 2014

18-09-2014 till 21-09-2014

Amsterdam Drawing 2014

18 September 2014 till 21 september 2014

Beauty of Darkness II

21 June 2014 till 04 August 2014

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

8 March till 10 May 2014

Robert Yarber | Robert Yarber | Panic Pending

06-12-2013 till 25-01-2014

Artissima 2013

08-11-2013 till 10-11-2013

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

20-09-2013 till 24-11-2013

Unseen 2013

26-09-2013 till 29-09-2013

Something Like Summer

17-07-2013 till 13-09-2013

John Copeland | All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

25-05-2013 till 16-07-2013

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

23-03-2013 till 11-05-2013

Arco 2013

13-02-2013 till 17-02-2013

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Climbing To Moon

29-09-2012 till 31-12-2012

Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair

06-12-2012 till 09-12-2012

Daido Moriyama | Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something

19-05-2012 till 28-07-2012

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | Glass Paintings

07-04-2012 till 16-05-2012

Arco Madrid 2012

15-02-2012 till 19-02-2012

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen | Animal Abstraction

12-11-2011 till 10-12-2011

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Rocky 6

09-07-2011 till 13-09-2011

Moby | ‘Destroyed’ – Booksigning and Exhibition

31-05-2011 till 16-06-2011

Nobuyoshi Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | It Was Once a Paradise

01-06-2011 till 16-07-2011

| John Copeland | Times of Grace

27-11-2010 till 15-02-2011

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | Making History

10-04-2010 till 07-06-2010

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

18-09-2010 till 09-11-2010

| Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe

14-03-2010 till 07-06-2010

Alla Esipovich | No Comment

15-01-2010 till 13-03-2010

Contemporary and Vintage Photography

26-09-2009 till 28-11-2009

David Lachapelle | David LaChapelle | The Rape of Africa

06-06-2009 till 31-07-2009

Bill Owens | Bill Owens | Riots & New Suburbia

28-02-2009 till 04-04-2009

Miles Aldridge | Miles Aldridge | Acid Candy

03-05-2008 till 05-07-2008