Pia Krajewski

Untitled (Spindel), 2019

Oil on Canvas

150 × 200 cm


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Artwork
Description

Haptic feeling is at the core of Pia Krajewski’s practice, pushing the boundaries of what painting has since always asked us to do: looking (and feeling) without ever touching. In her oil on canvases, Pia Krajewski takes the beholder on a sensual journey of discovery, leaving behind the known world, in order to venture in an Alice-in-Wonderland-esque universe, where simple objects become unrecognisable and blown out of proportion. Untitled (Spindel) seems to play precisely with the touch/don’t touch boundaries of perception: for many contemporaries, their earliest memory of a spindle is from the popular fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, where the spindle becomes the catalyst of the evil spell cast on her by the witch Maleficent. If the princess touches the spindle, she will forever fall asleep; will she succumb to temptation?

The works of Pia Krajewski often feature objects, textiles and patterns that have become unrecognisable through close proximity and intense gazing. Indeed, rather than by a will to represent the real world, her practice is characterised by leaving known meanings and signifiers behind to focus on the sense of touch: there is nothing symbolic in her choice of subject, they are just an excuse for our eyes to revel in the deep valleys of a textile creasing, the inviting roughness of a spinning thread, and the smooth porousness of a wooden spindle.

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 throughout her work. The objects’ appearances are clear, but removed from their everyday environments their meaning is annoyingly elusive and puzzling. 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.

The images Pia Krajewski creates 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

April 11th, 2019 until
May 5th, 2019
Curated by Jurriaan Benschop