Softskin. The associative references of the collage-like arranged objects are primarily situated within the interior themselves and seldom within the picture's environment.
With Mona Ardeleanu's Berlin debut, WAGNER + PARTNER open their new gallery premises
at Strausberger Platz. Under the title of Softskin, the 28-year old Stuttgart
painter exhibits her most recent works.
Ardeleanu's compositions investigate interiors, although other than this fundamental
enquiry, everything remains open. The associative references of the collage-like
arranged objects are primarily situated within the interior themselves and seldom
within the picture's environment. Nonetheless, Ardeleanu's paintings are also not
Through her conscious placement of patterns, fabric textures and visual allusions to pieces of clothing, one gains the impression of seeing something familiar. However, the non-referential background or rather the interior of these paintings creates a necessity for revision in the viewer. What remains is uncertainty.
The carefully considered tension between abstraction and realism is also mirrored through forms (shapes, bodies) and material (fabrics, textures).
Beyond these formal crite- ria, it is with questions related to dissociation and transition that the artist concerns herself with. Originating with the epi- dermis’s function, her paintings question the constraints of what one labels inside or out. What is skin? What is a cover?
The series Schnürungen (Lacings) 2011 refuses to answer these questions through the use of imaginative, fabric-clad bodies and aims to redefine the body through these means. In this way Mona Ardeleanu’s paintings also encourage a compelling discourse beyond the stereotypes of male and female. In doing so they reveal the aesthetic tensions within the confines of our own patrimonial bodies.
Opening: Friday, January 25th, 7 pm
Strausberger Platz 8, Berlin
Hours: Tue - Sat 13 – 18 h