About

Someone once described my process as having a kind of ‘psychoanalytic trust’, a free associative freedom which removes me from the position of censoring the work. For me, there is a truth that can only lie in that space, and that is where my work lives. It’s like mining for gold: once I find it I know its value and can shape it into something that seduces and invites a more complex conversation.

 

I explore ideas around human nature, power and vulnerability, focusing primarily on the way we frame our sense of self in regard to gender, sexuality, shame, and desire. I am invested in performative based work, although more as a voyeur than an actor.

 

The work begins with writing: dialogues, poetry, intimate stories from my life. It then branches out into photography, video, painting, installation, and sculpture, always using my text as a frame. I invite you to play a role.

 

I have shown at venues including: Aspect/Ratio Gallery, The Arts Club, Goldfinch Projects, September Gallery, Terrain Exhibitions, and Weinberg/Newton Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; The Brooklyn International Film Festival, Artist’s Space and The Elizabeth Foundation in New York, New York; The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

 

I received my MFA from Columbia University in New York and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

 

Currently represented by Aspect/Ratio Gallery.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

"Petit Mort" solo exhibition at Aspect/Ratio Gallery, Chicago, October 2020

"The Archive and the Repertoire" curated by Lekha Waitoller at Carthage College 2021

University Club Chicago, 2021 Date TBD

 

Recent Exhibitions:

 

"Iris Bernblum and Ann Toebbe," The Arts Club, Chicago, February 2018

"Body Boundaries," Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, April/May 2018

"Inquiry 01," Spertus Institute, Chicago, May/June 2018

"I am the Horse," Goldfinch Projects, Chicago, June 2018

"Gold," Aspect/Ratio Gallery, Chicago, July 20 2018

"No Tomorrow" Iris Bernblum & Nelly Agassi  Aspect/Ratio Gallery, Chicago, October 2018

Untitled Art Fair, Miami, FL Dec 2018

"On The Fence" Aspect/Ratio Gallery Feb 2019

 

Recent Press:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/museums/ct-ent-west-town-galleries-chicago-art-1202-story.html

https://art.newcity.com/2018/10/25/art-top-5-november-2018/

http://badatsports.com/2018/top-v-weekend-picks-10-25-10-31/

https://genderassignment.tumblr.com/post/174719948025/borderland-creatures-lise-haller-baggesen-iris

 

http://badatsports.com/2017/top-v-weekend-picks-54-510/

 

https://www.rainbowed.us/art/studiolife-iris-bernblum

 

http://chicagoartistwriters.com/simple-pleasures-at-heaven-gallery/

 

http://art.newcity.com/2016/12/15/newcitys-top-five-2016-visual-arts/

 

http://art.newcity.com/2016/05/23/let-the-performance-begin-iris-bernblum-in-profile/