Pia Krajewski

Untitled (Spitze), 2019

Oil on Canvas

150 × 180 cm

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In painting objects without their identifying context, artist Pia Krajewski creates poetic, distilled abstractions that cultivate a sense of unfamiliarity and exploration of tactile surfaces.

Pia Krajewski encourages the viewer to eschew preconceived notions, to silence inner monologues and submit to a more pure form of haptic, synesthetic experience — one in which only sight and touch are essential, in which the former begets a sense of the latter.

In Untitled (Spitze – Top), 2019, Krajewski’s decontextualisation cultivates an aesthetic and sensorial vacuum; the title, translating to ‘top’ in German, offers little indication of the identity of the golden, smooth object that is its subject.

Even so, the search for clues here is not onerous but curious. One need not strain to extract the maximal viewing experience from the artworks; the painting’s purpose exists in a vacuum — in turn opening the plane of exploration to the pleasures of haptic discovery. Here, Krajewski cultivates physicality through the imagined textures of a marigold peak formed by rich, smooth slopes encased in dripping, mossy yarn.

The ultimate result is a prioritisation of thoughtfulness rather than overthinking. The puzzle in ‘Spitze’ is not a question of the frustrating missing jigsaw piece, but rather an inquiry into the viewer’s own contemplative visual experience — affirming Krajewski’s emphasis on the physical over the cerebral.

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

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