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Exhibition of new works by Mona Ardeleanu on view at Wagner & Partner
Installation view.
BERLIN.- In a style reminiscent of the old masters, Ardeleanu paints constructed fantasy creatures, sticks and poles in costume, furry shapes and fluttering accessories – creatures that seem familiar to us, for they draw on our memories of textures and patterns. Haptic and olfactory associations are quickly formed. We can feel thin gauze or the smoothness of fur and even catch the smell of old clothes. A thread flutters; thick Molton cotton is draped over a ball that is both head and lampshade.

Ardeleanu’s irritatingly alive objects express creature-like qualities in the way a successful portrait does, even though they never depict faces. They point us towards our memories – seeing grandmother’s wardrobe, blue patterns on porcelain cups, coathangers or back-to-front wigs.

Ardeleanu’s shapes are never based on templates or models. Using titles like Schnürungen, Zwirbel or Falter, she always orders and investigates her work in series. At first glance, the logic of her creatures, floating in empty space, seems perfect. However, their proportions are not correct and the internal and external spaces contradict one another. There is no way of understanding what is really going on. Her focus on details such as patterns and functional elements such as laces and knots leads viewers astray. Ardeleanu’s painted creations give rise to irritating connotations that remain unresolved.

Besides those stories that viewers discover in her pictures and that remain inscrutable, Ardeleanu is concerned with a sensual style of painting that appears quite natural in its materiality.

Following the success of the solo exhibition in the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, WAGNER + PARTNER present new works by this artist.





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