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Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus Ocula Report Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus 14 Dec 2018 : Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein for Ocula

Retrospective 1965–2017, Beatriz González's exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (13 October 2018–6 January 2019), presents a selection of 120 works that bear witness to Colombia's political and social upheavals of the last 50 years. Throughout, the link between González's practice and the sociopolitical context it references...

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Founded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie as part of the Carnegie Institute in 1895, Carnegie Museum sought to 'bring the world' to the city with a grand building housing a natural history museum, a library, and an art museum operating as a fluid space for knowledge exchange. In its 123-year history, the institution has built up a world-class...

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Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City Ocula Report Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City 8 Dec 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

The nation-state—a nation (a people) presided over by a governing body with jurisdiction over a defined territory (the state)—is either going through a renaissance or demise, depending on one's perspective. There has been talk about the nation-state's end for years—from a 2013 United States National Intelligence Council report...

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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, 2018 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
36.9 x 29.9 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
The Swimmer and the Fox by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerThe Swimmer and the Fox, 2018 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
240 x 159 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2018 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
38.9 x 29.5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2018 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
30.1 x 21 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled (Leaning Against the Wall) by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerUntitled (Leaning Against the Wall), 2018 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
220 x 120 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2018 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
59.5 x 54.5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2018 Oil, crayon, charcoal and watercolour on paper
136.5 x 73.5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Untitled by Iris Schomaker contemporary artwork Iris SchomakerUntitled, 2017 Oil and watercolour on paper
240 x 185 cm
Galerie Thomas Schulte

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Iris Schomaker, Walking the Line at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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23 November 2018–12 January 2019 Iris Schomaker Walking the Line 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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