Samuel Freeman Gallery has reopened as Iris Project to celebrate his new home in Venice, California. The gallery has moved to a restored 1916 Craftsman house, set back from Lincoln Boulevard in the Venice Walk Streets. Iris Project presents “Harvest” featuring the art of Martin Mull as its inaugural exhibition.
Angels, 2016, Acrylic on Paper, 8 1/2 × 20 in, 21.6 × 50.8 cm
“Harvest” is a homecoming of sorts, a reunification of images that have aided and abetted Martin Mull’s work for decades. The players in this visual game of tag are drawn from both anonymous and personal photographs gathered over the years, coerced by the artist into interactions at once profound and deeply absurd. The resulting visual dramas portray the human condition in a non-judgmental yet emotionally fertile tableau.
Iris Project is the result of a lengthy examination of the changing landscape of the contemporary art world, a questioning and an imagining of what an art gallery can and should be. What relationship should a gallery have to artists and patrons, what role can it serve in the community? What does an art gallery mean in the age of social media, online auctions and weekly art fairs? Two years of gallery visits and art fairs predictably led to even more questions and lengthier conversations. We do not pretend to have definitive answers, but Iris Project will attempt to find a new way forward, responsive to the environment we find ourselves in.
On View September 21 – November 3, 2019; Visit by appointment ONLY. Call 310-425-8601, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Iris Project, 953 Amoroso Place, Venice, CA 90291