Karl Monies (b. 1984) is particularly known for his series of decorative lidded containers, jars, and pots adorned externally by multi-coloured climbing rope and finished with oversized cork lids. A trained painter and part-time fine jewellery designer, Monies is somewhat of a stranger to utilitarian design objects, which he approaches with the naïveté of an amateur, a humble student. His on-going series of ceramic containers embrace design thinking only to interrogate it and undermine it from within, resulting in a line of aesthetically compelling, esoterically symbolic, and deeply humane objects that seem both ancient and hyper-contemporary, silly and sublime.
Karl Monies earned his BFA from the Slade School of Fine Arts and subsequently took up a residency at Bangkok University. He is now based in Copenhagen and his recent exhibitions include ARCANA and CAMO at Etage Projects, Le Hasard et la Nécessité” at the CCA in Andratx, Mallorca, “Masters of Laurels” at Rumpelstiltskin, New York (2019) as well as he has exhibiting with Etage Projects at Design Miami/ Basel, Design Miami and NOMAD St. Moritz.
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