As the title suggests (a tondo is a Renaissance term for a circular work of art), this artwork is part of a series with a circular form without edges.
It is made of paper painted with ink and enamel, then glued on a canvas.
Its round shape confers it a multidimensional character, since it can be hanged, in line with the artist's intention, in four directions.
As often with Kröner's work, poetry and beauty emerge from the subtle combination of a relatively rigid framework (here, the vertical and horizontal grey lines), with more random and lively colour marks.
About Harald Kröner
An avid collector of paper, Harald Kroner attends to the specific weaves and textures of his material as he transforms it into drawings, objects, and installations. Kroner’s practice is rooted in two-dimensional works on paper, which he adorns primarily with ink but also with such materials as lacquer, enamel, and spray paint. Inspired by East Asian art practices, Kroner embraces the effects of chance in his compositions, applying lines, splotches, and dots at random. The artist understands his papers as being more than blank surfaces; instead he sees them as carrying great potential for expressing rich textures. He explores and highlights these possibilities by choosing unique papers and cutting into or scraping his paper grounds.
German, b. 1962, based in Pforzheim, Germany