Sergej Jensen, Untitled, 2011, pastel on canvas, 19 5/8 x 19 5/8".

Sergej Jensen

Galerie Neu | Mehringdamm

Sergej Jensen, Untitled, 2011, pastel on canvas, 19 5/8 x 19 5/8".

To many, the work shown in Sergej Jensen’s exhibition “Master of Color” must seem like a radical act of refusal: painting that celebrates its own absence. The predominantly large and midsize pictures exhibited here consist chiefly of various fabrics, often of several different types, that have been sewed or appliquéd together and then stretched on wooden frames or slats. Painting in the strictest sense is used only sporadically, and is often a minimal, almost incidental element. For viewers familiar with Jensen’s art, this will come as no surprise: He has been working for years on similarly material-oriented pieces that are both subtle and rough, pieces that minimize the directive role of the artist while focusing on inherent or slightly modified qualities of the fabric itself as image. Accordingly, he has typically employed processes such as cutting, ripping, stretching, crumpling,

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the January 2012 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.