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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Iris Schomaker

b. 1973, Germany

Born in 1973 in Stade, Germany, Iris Schomaker has reached international acclaim through her often large-scale, watercolour paintings of landscapes and figures. What is actually represented in her paintings is secondary to Schomaker’s oeuvre: her work is primarily about the process of representation, about exploring painterly possibilities and the reproduction of atmospheric content. The artist finds her own original visual language in the tension between figurative representation and painterly abstraction.

Schomaker’s palette, mainly applied onto paper, is quiet, and its pastel hues diverge little from black, white, and grey tones. This lends her paintings a drawing-like aspect, which is emphasized still further by the remaining traces of the working process. The searching movements of the lines that document the process of composition appear through the glazed application of paint and fuse with them. Her paintings are just as much about the process of capturing something in a drawing and the discovery of a painterly composition, as they are about the motif itself and its atmospheric and physical qualities.

Iris Schomaker studied Fine Arts in Kiel, Germany, and Trondheim and Bergen, Norway. She has participated in various national exhibitions, including Berlinische Galerie in 2007 and 2010 and in 2013 at Frankfurter Kunstverein. In 2014 she was participant at the biennale in Posnan. Her works can be found in numerous public and private collections.

The artist lives and works in Berlin.

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Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2019 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2019 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
36.3 x 22.7 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2019 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
43 x 31.8 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2019 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
38.1 x 28.9 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2019 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
42.6 x 30.7 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2019 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
43.2 x 29.4 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2019 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
43.5 x 27.8 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork
Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2019 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
50 x 34.5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Iris Schomaker, Walking the Line at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Closed
23 November 2018–26 January 2019 Iris Schomaker Walking the Line Reflex Amsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, New Beginnings at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Closed
6 January–17 February 2018 Group Exhibition New Beginnings Reflex Amsterdam

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IN CONVERSATION WITH... IRIS SCHOMAKER Related Video & Audio IN CONVERSATION WITH... IRIS SCHOMAKER Reflex Amsterdam : 8 December 2018

On occasion of our new exhibition, 'Iris Schomaker: Walking the Line', a new episode of 'IN CONVERSATION WITH...' has been released.In this interview Iris Schomaker opens up about her artistic practice, process and the mysterious inhabitants of her work, discussing the development of her work since her last exhibition at Reflex Amsterdam in...

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