Pia Krajewski

Untitled (Spinnerei), 2019

Oil on Canvas

150 × 360 cm


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Description

Pia Krajewski paints artworks that take a poetically abstract approach to the still life genre: each carefully selected image is stripped of a narrative context and suffused with a gentle physicality.

Untitled (Spinnerei – Spinning), 2019 takes this distilled abstraction to new heights, portraying the elegant threads of what appears to be a loom. Often in the work of Pia Krajewski, the object portrayed is somewhat identifiable even outside of a narrative context owing to the title of each piece (2018’s “Mais,” depicting a corn cob, and “Hut,” a hat).

Even with some familiarity, these objects are still somewhat difficult to place. “Untitled” escalates the abstraction by exploring the shapes of an object lacking in the instantaneous recognition of a hat or pine cone; the object of inspiration is not immediately clear upon first glance.

The painting is given a curious new dimension in its shadows, which cloak the top of the structure to suggest that light originates from below, thus introducing a novel perspective in Krajewski’s work — one of additional puzzling, pleasureable mystery.

Yet the missing links here aren’t unsettling at all — rather, it’s precisely what makes Krajewski’s Untitled so gentle and comforting. Worry not of why this object is depicted, Pia Krajewski suggests, and instead consider how this object is portrayed. Ponder its drippy, curvilinear shapes; engage with the warm, embracing hues; imagine how it would feel to stroke the red strings and trace their path over brown rods. The synesthetic experience engulfs the viewer, drawing them ever deeper into Krajewski’s imaginative world.

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