Society for Contemporary Art Collectors Sale

Society for Contemporary Art Collectors Sale

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Iris Bernblum

Death Spiral

Lot Closed

December 14, 09:51 PM GMT


3,500 - 5,500 USD

Lot Details


Iris Bernblum


Death Spiral

Executed in 2020

silkscreen inks on canvas

48 by 36 in. (121.9 by 91.4 cm.)

Courtesy of the artist and Aspect/Ratio, Chicago

Iris Bernblum’s conceptual works examine human nature through the dual lenses of power and vulnerability, focusing primarily on the way society frames identity in regard to gender, sexuality, shame, and desire. She is invested in both visual and performance-based work, engaging the latter as both voyeur and actor. Bernblum’s process relies on carrying a kind of psychoanalytic trust, a free associative freedom which removes her from the position of censoring her own work.

Recent solo exhibitions of Bernblum’s work include those at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City; Spertus Institute, Chicago; and Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Chicago. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Carroll Street Studios, Chicago; Aspect/Ratio, Chicago; and the Elizabeth Foundation, New York.

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