Pia Linz

* 1964 in Kronberg, GER
lives in Berlin

“Calling in public is really a problem” is one of the observations Pia Linz has addressed in her work Central Park (2011). The large-format map is, like Körnerpark (2013), composed of various. The sitespecific drawing projects are the result of unusually assiduous observation processes. The artist walks around a site, which she charts by stride before moving around the site for several months observing, drawing and annotating. The resulting cartographic landscapes offer the observer an overview as well as astounding details, which he can discover and lose himself in.

For her Box Engravings she sits inside acrylic glass sculptures for several weeks and draws what she sees with a marker on the inner walls in meticulous detail, before engraving along these lines. “FORUM Mülheim” (2013) is the depiction of the eponymous shopping center. Whereas the artist starts from a single point in her creative process, the observer must move around the sculpture to take it in. The resulting multiple perspectives open up ever new views of the shopping center. By means of these processes of transferal, the artist reflects upon subjective perception. Indeed, seeing always means selecting and therefore a depiction is also always the reduction of a reality that can never wholly be grasped. As such the almost obsessive claim to completeness innate to Pia Linz’s works has to fail.

Frankfurter Kunstverein

Central Park, 2011
drawing, 180 × 127 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Courtesy Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland