Pia Krajewski

Pinienzapfen, 2018

Oil on Canvas

180 × 150 cm


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Description

Pia Krajewski was born in 1990 in Cologne, Germany. She spent seven years at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf studying under Dietmar Lutz and Andreas Schulze. Her paintings walk the line between abstraction and figuration, presenting a series of fantastical still lives.

In this painting, entitled Pine Cone, Krajewski makes a characteristically poetic depiction of an everyday object. The pine cones are represented with a formal clarity that leaves their nature in no doubt (and if one is still unsure, the title provides final confirmation). However, this formal lucidity only adds to the mystification that the image overall provides to the viewer. The meaning of the pine cones is elusive, and the viewer is prompted to search for any potential clues in the surface of the painting.

However, this search is a pleasurable one. Krajewski seems to be guiding the viewer, encouraging them onwards. Even the great size of the pine cones, so large as to evoke a close-up shot, gives the sense that we are being helped to explore, to look closer. Almost two-thirds of the painting is covered in a calm blue, as though a translucent cloth has been placed over the objects. This does not hinder the viewer in their search but allows us to peacefully take in the contours and valleys of the pine cones’ surface. This is a different way of looking; feeling the surface with your eyes like fingertips.

Krajewski’s paintings are delicate explorations of the sensibility of looking. In covering her objects she manifests this theory of vision, enveloping things in sight which clings like a cloth to their exterior.

About
the artist

Pia Krajewski was born in 1990 in Cologne, Germany. She spent seven years at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf studying painting under Dietmar Lutz and Andreas Schulze. Selected shows include 72. Internationale Bergische Kunstausstellung at the Kunstmuseum Solingen and a clue at the bookstore Walther Koenig at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. In 2018 Krajewski was the Winsor & Newton Artist-in-Residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.

Krajewski’s paintings are characterised by a certain poetic representation of objects. Lemons, arms, tables and vases are carefully selected and depicted. The objects’ appearances are clear, but removed from their everyday environments their meaning is annoyingly elusive. Krajewski creates a world where coherent narrative is lacking, however physicality is never in doubt. Her imagery is formally meaningful where it is intellectually frustrating: the painted objects are given a uniformity by their presence on the same picture plane.

The logic of Pia Krajewski’s paintings is the logic of vision made bare. She shows the viewer a kind of parallel world, a world comprised solely of sight: a world which promises the knowledge of what it really is to see. In the absence of any cerebral cues, the viewer is moved to this understanding physically rather than intellectually, attaining a position of distance that allows revelations and associations to rise to the fore.

Krajewski’s images are sensible: just look at the hands and arms that reach under tables, point towards picture frames. In a move that recalls medieval theories of vision, sight is represented as a finger pressing a vase: one thinks of Giotto’s figure of Circumspection in the Arena Chapel, her eyes protruding tentacles, testifying to the physicality of seeing.

The artist sensitively guides our perception; her paintings are as pleasurable as they are gentle, reaching out to press softly on our eyes.


The logic of Pia Krajewski’s paintings is the logic of vision made bare. She shows the viewer a kind of parallel world, a world comprised solely of sight: a world which promises the knowledge of what it really is to see.


Pia Krajewski
on Artuner

Part of the
exhibition

November 1st, 2018 until
January 6th, 2019
Curated by ARTUNER