Iris Bernblum: Struck
@ Terrain Exhibitions
704 Highland Ave
Opening Sunday, April 10th, from 2PM - 5PM
On view through Sunday, May 1st
“In European folklore, the unicorn is often depicted as a white horse-like or goat-like animal with a long horn and cloven hooves (sometimes a goat’s beard). In the Middle Ages and Renaissance it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin.” * Wikipedia (the source of all useful information).
“Mama, I want the unicorn to be a girl. Her name will be ‘Unicornia’” Agnes, age 5.
Struck is an investigation into and reclamation of the Unicorn. What would happen if the force of a lightning rod and the mythical power of a unicorn’s horn were combined? What would that look like? How would it feel to sever it?
Iris Bernblum is a cross-disciplinary artist. Using a range of media, including video, photography, drawing and sculpture, Bernblum explores ideas around tension and release, power and play, fantasy and escape. Bernblum has shown at Aspect/Ratio Gallery, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, and the Chicago Artist’s Coalition in Chicago. She has exhibited at Artist’s Space and The Elizabeth Foundation in New York; The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio; and The Brooklyn International Film Festival; Terrain Exhibitions Denmark; among others. She received her MFA from Columbia University in New York and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is represented by Aspect/Ratio Gallery in Chicago.
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