Pia Krajewski

oT (Schublade), 2019

Oil on Canvas

150 × 200 cm


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Description

Pia Krajewski’s still lifes of zoomed-in objects often suggest a metaphysical atmosphere. However, contrarily to the works belonging to that art historical movement, Krajewski’s paintings shy away from symbolical interpretation. Indeed, the German artist’s seemingly enigmatic pairings of objects, are not meant to be decoded, but rather observed and enjoyed with one’s senses.

Krajewski encourages her audience to embrace a way of looking known as haptic vision: this particular mode of observation leads the viewer to experience images in an almost tactile way, allowing one to ‘caress’ the surfaces with one’s eyes. Interestingly, the artist has recently been focusing a great deal of attention on shadows. Similar to haptic vision, a shadow is something that can shroud and touch an object without being a physical body itself: mimicking the parcour that could be undertaken by our eyes, the shade gently traces the contour of each rhomboidal element, it follows the silhouette of the wooden frame, casting it against the terracotta-hued background. It only takes a leap of faith: one’s eyes can become shadow.

About
the artist

Pia Krajewski (b. 1990, Cologne) spent seven years at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf studying painting under Dietmar Lutz and Andreas Schulze. Following her graduation, Krajewski participated in the Winsor & Newton scholarship program at Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany. She has been part of ARTUNER’s inner circle of artists ever since the residency completion. In 2022 she received the inaugural NRW State Parliament Prize for her painting "Untitled (Vorsitzende)". Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition entitled "Kunst Jetzt" at the Städtische Galerie in Lüdensheid, the group show "From Michelangelo to" at the Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum in Innsbruck, and the Artuner group exhibition "Uno, Nessuno, Centomila" in Turin.

Krajewski's practice draws from a wide array of sources of inspiration, extrapolating details from architectural ornaments, fruit, armours, and hair, pushing its viewers to question what they are facing—disarming orientations and recognition with a playful approach to scale and nuances of monochromatic colour schemes.

With its three-dimensionality, sculptural approach and textural references, her work brings abstraction to life, though its subjects are not always decipherable at first glance. There is a "tension" between familiarity and foreignness of the shapes. The combination of the foreign and the familiar found in Krajewski’s shapes are reminiscent of the oscillations of perceptions. The sense of familiarity that the viewer experiences when encountering her works is ever-present but ultimately impossible to pin down to an identifiable subject. The almost "déjà-vu" aspect of her works leaves the viewer eager to fill the blanks of their perceptions.

The large scale of Pia Krajewski’s works captivates the viewer and transports them to a world where their sight can solely guide them to grasp and appreciate the subject matter. This unique format, where detail is highly visible, enhances the larger-than-life persona of her subjects.

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


Pia Krajewski
on Artuner

Part of the
exhibition

October 12th, 2019 until
October 30th, 2019
Curated by ARTUNER