Pia Krajewski, Irina Ojova
Exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Curated by Jurriaan Benschop
Opening 11 April 2019, 7 pm
This exhibition brings together the work of two painters who were selected for the 2019 Winsor & Newton Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin: Pia Krajewski (Cologne, 1990) and Irina Ojovan (Chisinau, 1988).
While Pia Krajewski maximizes the presence of a figurative motif through monumental close-ups, Irina Ojovan seems interested in the opposite movement, reducing the clues that could identify the motifs underlying her paintings. What the artists share is an interest in taking images from the exterior world, isolating them, and transforming them into a reduced painterly vocabulary. To grasp the paintings in their full scope, the viewer has to move closer to and further from the canvases, collecting sensations of texture and touch from close by, or seeing the overall image from a more distant perspective.