KÖNIG GALERIE is pleased to present FILO, the second solo exhibition of works by Mona Ardeleanu at Dessauer Straße.
Oscillating between the figurative and the abstract, Mona Ardeleanu’s painted fabrics, laces, tassels, or furs seem like mysterious objects with an uncanny three-dimensionality. The depicted patterns and drapes create an astonishing trompe-l'œil effect, while enforcing a sculptural physicality. In a way, Mona Ardeleanu’s work is a true game of perception where distortions break up the surface, leaving the spectator both intrigued and curious.
In her latest series FILO Ardeleanu has refined the interplay of subtle references and secret hints. Only on a closer look does a white curtain reveal a pattern of little ghosts, bones and skulls. While “curtain” in German means “Vorhang”, this work refers to the word “Vorhängeschloss”, a combination of curtain and lock – “Schloss” - which again can also mean castle, a hint to the ghosts within the work. The title for the show reveals yet another example of Ardeleanous multi-layered artistic process. In Italian “Filo” stands for both the thread or wire and is also a term from the sport of fencing. In fencing, the filo describes a certain type of impact that is supposed to hit the opponent's blade by sliding along. Just as many small gestures will lead the viewer towards a deeper inside into Ardeleanu’s art.