Follow the Flow! - Glowing Colors at the River - Iris Schelchen at Affordable Art Fair Hamburg

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Follow the Flow! - Glowing Colors at the River - Iris Schelchen at Affordable Art Fair Hamburg

Hamburg Messe u. Congress
November 12th, 2014 - November 16th, 2014
Opening: November 12th, 2014 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM



Follow the Flow!

Glowing Colors at the River


Iris Schelchen

at Affordable Art Fair Hamburg

November, 13-16, 2014

  by Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund, Art Historian    



Copyrights Iris Schelchen,

No Title, 012, Mixed Media on Canvas, 2012, 210 x 180 cm



A spread of explosive gestic artworks surrounds the third edition of the Affordable Art Fair Hamburg (November, 13-16, 2014) with paintings and drawings by Iris Schelchen. Inundated with visual metaphors, collages, textile fragments and symbolic icons, her artwork appears in a tactile interplay of spaces, graphic lines and open color fields. In the heart of Hamburg, Affordable Art Fair showcases innovative contemporary art in an exclusive location of the Hamburg Messe Hall. The juried art fair is featuring an international slate of artists and 75 galleries. Global art lovers enjoy discovering this district and named it one of most hipp and stylish neighbourhoods in Hamburg.


Copyrights Iris Schelchen

No Title, 003, Mixed Media on Canvas, 2012, 140 x 160 cm


Those, looking for something exciting at Affordable Art Fair Hamburg can not ignore the series of Iris Schelchen. Since many years nature has influnenced famous artists in making novels and paintings. William Faulkner uses the Mississippi River and Delta as the setting for many hunts throughout his novels. Working in a large refurbished shipyard with breathtaking views of the river Bille, Iris Schelchen is creating monumentally scaled works.


She values spontaneity and improvisation according the highest importance to process. Iris Schelchen studied Fine Art at Art Academy Berlin and was living many years in the artist community Frohnau in Berlin. She has exhibited in various exhibitions in Germany and worldwide, among them Altonaer Museum Hamburg, Fontane Building Berlin, Artist Community Frohnau Berlin, Gallery Medial Berlin, Gallery Marion Stoeter Hamburg, Maison des Arts Antony, Paris.



Copyrights Iris Schelchen

 No Title, 024, Mixed Media on Canvas, 2013, 140 x 160 cm



Every dimension of Iris Schelchen’s work exhibits some degree of an aesthetic conflict, whether form abstract versus figurative, tone (peaceful versus dangerous), or methodology (spontaneous versus disciplined). The final results are direct and spontaneous gestures on rough canvas, which give the paintings their inescapable explosiveness. It is her central motivation that contemporary art should be experienced in dialogue with the audience and community.



Copyrights Iris Schelchen

No Title, 020, Mixed Media on Canvas, 2013, 240 x 270 cm


Iris Schelchen’s work is represented by Gallery Marion Stoeter Hamburg. No doubt, it is the tension that draws the viewer into the artwork, tapping into deep emotions. It makes you think, or it makes you comfortable, trying to reconcile the opposites and figure out what a piece is trying to say. Tension and spontaneity are the heart of Iris Schelchen’s aesthetic concept. The result is a multi-level streamed work that is actually quite lighthearted. Finally it is the river that flows in you.





Affordable Art Fair Hamburg
Hamburg Messe
Gate A 3 - Lagerstraße
20357 Hamburg, Germany



 Wednesday, 12 November,  6-10 pm, by invitation only

VIP Preview: Access for VIP Cardholders & Press



Thursday, 13 November                     11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Thursday, 13 November, Late View    6.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Friday, 14 November                          11.00 am – 8.00 pm
Saturday, 15 November                     11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Sunday, 16 November                       11.00 am – 6.00 pm 



Marion Stoeter Gallery

Elbchaussee 96

22763 Hamburg, Germany

Phone: +49.(0)40.1807199




Studio Iris Schelchen

Hammer Deich 162

20537 Hamburg, Germany

Phone +49.(0)40. 25481372




Source/ Copyrights

Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund



About the Author: 


Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund, born in Zurich/ Switzerland, is an Art Historian and Managing Director at Art History Consulting (AHC), based in Hamburg. She studied Art History at Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (Germany), University for Foreigners Perugia (Italy) and London Guildhall University (UK). In 2002 she earned her PhD from University of Kiel with a Dissertation on Modern Sculpture: “Sources of Inspiration.The Meaning of Nature in Henry Moore´s Late Work.” Barbara is an art historian and art critic who has written widely on modern and contemporary art. Her essays have been featured in monographs, exhibition catalogues, e-zines, journals and the online editorial department of Goethe Institute Inc.



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