Pia Fries volume & light :
In Collaboration with Mai 36 Galerie
218 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
Her bold approach to painting reveals colours, forms and structures in which the substructure, or the foreground itself. They offset and highlight the coloured surfaces, creating the impression that these paintings actually continue far beyond their physical boundaries into the very space in which the viewer stands.
Almost impossible to describe in words, these works generate a compelling visual dynamic in which, on the one hand, the gaze is drawn to the apparently evident directions and structures, while on the other, the colours themselves seem to reach out towards the viewer with tangible plasticity, creating volume, light, depth and potential emptiness.
The exhuberance of her paintings promises the comforts of expression and delivers the randomized residue of industrial culture. They come at us straight and there is no way for any of us, in the act of beholding, to achieve a moral advantage over her extravagant sanity. From this position, Fries may appropriate the rich, mixed styles and strip that idiom of narrative and atmospheric references, teasing us for our old fashioned habits of interpretation while fulfilling her pictorial intentions.
Through her international presence in exhibitions worldwide, Pia Fries has become one of the foremost representatives of European abstract painting. Born in the Swiss town of Beromünster, she now lives and works in Düsseldorf and Munich. A former student in the masterclass of Gerhard Richter, Pia Fries herself has since gone on to teach in a variety of institutions, from Lucerne to Karlsruhe, Düsseldorf and Berlin, and has been a professor of painting at the Akademie der Künste in Munich since 2014.
The paint converges, merges, creates paths and traces, leaping out of the blank spaces she leaves, creating a playful interaction with light and colors. Her paintings are bold and daring, following an inner logic which remains intentionally inexplicable.
At the same time, the white spaces represent an outstanding and very important point to her works, that sometimes happen to form the background, For some time now, Pia Fries has been appropriating structures from specifically generated images, which she transfers sometimes in fragments onto the carrier by silkscreen and then uses as the starting point for her works.