In Focus: Pia Krajewski | Künstlerhaus Bethanien

April 11th, 2019 - May 5th, 2019


Curata Da jurriaan-benschop

in this exhibition

ARTUNER is happy to announce ‘Come Close & Step Back’ featuring the work of Pia Krajewski at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, which opened on 11th April 2019 and will run until 5th May.

Curated by Jurriaan Benschop, the show displays Krajewski’s work alongside that of Irina Ojovan; both artists are presenting their work as a culmination of their Winsor and Newton artist-in-residence programmes at Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

A panel discussion will also take place at 4 p.m. on 27th April 2019 at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Kottbusser Straße 10) to coincide with Gallery Weekend Berlin. In a conversation with the show’s curator, Krajewski and Ojovan — together with ARTUNER founder Eugenio Re Rebaudengo — will discuss how contemporary painting changes amid glocalisation, social media and increasing mobility.  

Pia Krajewski explores sight and touch through painted intersense analogies, creating a haptic world that envelops viewers in a curious process of discovery.

Below, an excerpt from the show’s press release details the artist’s practice as explored in the exhibition:

To grasp the paintings in their full scope, the viewer has to move closer to and further from the canvases, collecting sensations of texture and touch from close by, or seeing the overall image from a more distant perspective.

The paintings of Pia Krajewski present us with close-ups of figurative motifs such as a piece of rope, a vegetable, or a pine cone. Krajewski treats such motifs with an abstract eye, rearranging them and reducing their forms to essential lines, curves, and a play of light and shadow. Through blowing up details in size, and through modeling, she highlights their plasticity.

Meanwhile the way the paint is applied produces flatness, and counteracts the illusionism of the image. Areas where two colors or shapes meet attract special attention, as that is where weight or gravity is evoked, and an ambiguous spatial orientation within the painting is defined.

Pia Krajewski completed her master’s degree at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2018, where she studied with Dietmar Lutz and Andreas Schulze. This exhibition represents the culmination of her residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien as Winsor & Newton artist in residence.

  • - Jurriaan Benschop