Peter Krawagna, w.t., 2003, 162 x 130 cm, oil on canvas
The picture format, the picture frame with a meticulously primed ground – sometimes operating even with the crude canvas or the paper structure – draw the viewer's attention to the scenario of colour. Krawagna places these fragile and costly moments and instants into empty spaces which speak of the sensuousness of sites and locations that are otherwise unnoticed, of the costliness of colour even where it at first appears to us undifferentiated and dirty.
The quality of his works and his working method resides in the fact that he has consistently developed a painterly idiom, his own language, which has in the meantime become unique and unmistakable. As always in art, it does not provide answers, but puts questions. Meanwhile, the picture's existence as a process corresponds to the character of process in the act of seeing, whether on the part of the viewer or the artist. This links the two, this is the essence of Krawagna's modernity and of his contemporaries. P.W.