Sergej Jensen

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

The carpet was brown and cheap-looking, showing obvious signs of wear. Parts of the wall were still painted a smarmy pink hue left over from the last show. Nearly all of the temporary walls added for that previous exhibition, however, had been taken down—but the rough parts of the wall where the seams used to be remained unfinished. Above the gallery benches, soiled spots and greasy strips were still visible from where earlier visitors leaned their heads. And if you looked closely, you might have noticed out-of-place holes and awkwardly bent nails in the gaps between the pictures, the traces of failed hanging attempts. No other exhibition space looks like this fourth-floor gallery did—at least, no space in which a show is actually in progress.

Nor did the work being presented in these musty-smelling, some- what squalid rooms resemble conventional painting. Sergej Jensen paints without

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