Pia Krajewski

oT (Socke), 2019

Oil on Canvas

180 × 150 cm


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Description

Pia Krajewski’s paintings are fully immersive sensorial experiences… conducted through sight only. Indeed, although it is not possible to actually touch the German artist’s paintings, she encourages her audience to feel completely enveloped, and spend time caressing the portrayed surfaces with their eyes. The highly focused, zoomed-in to a paradox depictions of details result completely isolated from any context and thus firmly resist narrative and symbolic interpretation. Although the portrayed object is at times revealed in the title, it is completely irrelevant: what counts is the pleasure of the act of looking.

This, unencumbered by narrative, must be the purest way to enjoy a painting of any kind, one might argue. Championing the sense known as ‘haptic vision’, Krajewski depicts objects leaning on each other, touching each other, spilling over, shadows enveloping them: by looking at these actions performed by these unknown, non-contextualised objects, the viewer is able to identify oneself with the haptic feeling and, thus, to ‘touch’ through sight only.

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