Sergej Jensen

Fabric Paintings

8 November 2018 -
12 January 2019

opening reception on Thursday,
8 November, 6-8 pm

Sergej Jensen

 

Fabric Paintings

 

8 November 2018
- 12 January 2019

 

Galerie Buchholz is pleased to present the second solo exhibition by Sergej Jensen at our New York gallery, introducing a new group of work entitled “Fabric Paintings.”

 

Sergej Jensen’s first well-known works from the early 2000s seemed to eschew the additive application of medium to surface, and instead were comprised of found textiles stitched and sewn together to form abstractions, often with only subtly applied elements or subtractive materials such as bleach. They foregrounded the material qualities of the textiles themselves: their texture, weave, fibrousness, and their warp and weft, as well as residual marks accumulated through their circulation. While at first glance visually sparse, even evacuated, closer inspection of their surfaces reveals a subtle, incidental opulence, like a deliberately uncolored, unfun psychedelia.

 

In his new work for this exhibition, Jensen has returned to a mode of abstraction through works consisting of sewn-together fabrics, with a distinct monochromatic application of paint. This time, the fabrics that he uses (and that he emphatically designates with the title of the exhibition) are of a different order: far from the muted linens and muslins of his early pieces, the new textiles are extreme in their tactility and appearance, frequently featuring technical, dazzling elements such as metallic fibers and sequins, giving their surfaces an optically iridescent quality. In addition to the intricacy of the textiles themselves, Jensen has wrapped and layered textiles upon one another, allowing for the interplay of weaves and textures, and the passage and filtering of light. Alongside the layering, paint is applied to set tones and luminosity; certain sections of textiles are overpainted, seemingly muting the textiles’ extreme reflective qualities with matte hues. The resulting works have a remote, minimal, yet electric effect, presenting themselves as opaque even if translucent, with a material and cognitive shimmer.

 

The opening of the exhibition was accompanied by recordings made by Sergej Jensen and Magnus Schaefer between 2016 and 2018.

 

https://soundcloud.com/user-950409822/ms5-3/s-AMK6K

 

Sergej Jensen (born 1973, Maglegaard, Denmark) lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden (2017, catalogue forthcoming); Statens Museum of Kunst, Copenhagen (2016); Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2013); MoMA P.S.1, New York (2011); Portikus, Frankfurt (2010); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2010); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2009); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2008); Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (2008); and Kunsthalle Bergen, Bergen (2008). His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; Fondation Beyeler, Basel; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Sergej Jensen

“Bling Strips I”, 2018
UV print on sewn linen and fabric
208 x 160 cm
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

“Bling Strips I”, 2018
UV print on sewn linen and fabric
208 x 160 cm

Sergej Jensen

Fabric Paintings
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

Fabric Paintings
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

“Embroidery Palladium Gold”, 2018
palladium on linen sewn on sequin fabric over acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
129.5 x 112 cm
&
“Allover Compose Blue”, 2018
acrylic on fabric
139.5 x 112 cm
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

“Embroidery Palladium Gold”, 2018
palladium on linen sewn on sequin fabric over acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
129.5 x 112 cm

Sergej Jensen

“Allover Compose Blue”, 2018
acrylic on fabric
139.5 x 112 cm

Sergej Jensen

“Saltine”, 2018
acrylic on sewn sequin fabric
152.5 x 127 cm
&
“Magic Hat”, 2018
UV print and acrylic on sewn sequin fabric
160 x 134.5 cm
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

“Saltine”, 2018
acrylic on sewn sequin fabric
152.5 x 127 cm

Sergej Jensen

“Magic Hat”, 2018
UV print and acrylic on sewn sequin fabric
160 x 134.5 cm

Sergej Jensen

Fabric Paintings
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

Fabric Paintings
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

“Chanel”, 2018
acrylic on fabric
139.5 x 112 cm
&
“Bling Strips II”, 2018
sequin fabric on UV print on sewn linen
211 x 160 cm
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

“Chanel”, 2018
acrylic on fabric
139.5 x 112 cm

Sergej Jensen

“Bling Strips II”, 2018
sequin fabric on UV print on sewn linen
211 x 160 cm

Sergej Jensen

“Allover Compose Red”, 2018
acrylic on sewn fabric
129.5 x 112 cm
&
“Embroidery Grey Blue”, 2018
acrylic on sequin fabric over acrylic on canvas
165 x 124.5 cm
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

“Allover Compose Red”, 2018
acrylic on sewn fabric
129.5 x 112 cm

Sergej Jensen

“Embroidery Grey Blue”, 2018
acrylic on sequin fabric over acrylic on canvas
165 x 124.5 cm

Sergej Jensen

Fabric Paintings
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

Fabric Paintings
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

“Ivory Crab”, 2018
acrylic on sequin fabric
152.5 x 106 cm

Sergej Jensen

“Grey Net”, 2018
acrylic on net fabric over acrylic, gold leaf and UV print on linen
152.5 x 102 cm

Sergej Jensen

Untitled, 2018
acrylic on sequin fabric over acrylic, gold leaf and UV print on linen
190.5 x 145 cm

Sergej Jensen

Fabric Paintings
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

“Castle from the Moat”, 2018
acrylic on sequin fabric
152.5 x 134.5 cm

Sergej Jensen

Untitled, 2018
sewn fabric and UV print
190.5 x 132 cm
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

Untitled, 2018
sewn fabric and UV print
190.5 x 132 cm

Sergej Jensen

“Beige Net”, 2018
acrylic on net fabric over acrylic on sewn linen
139.5 x 99 cm
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

“Beige Net”, 2018
acrylic on net fabric over acrylic on sewn linen
139.5 x 99 cm

Sergej Jensen

“Little Nazi Blush”, 2018
acrylic on sequin fabric
127 x 89 cm
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

“Little Nazi Blush”, 2018
acrylic on sequin fabric
127 x 89 cm

Sergej Jensen

“Smokey Teal”, 2018
sequin fabric on oil copper resinate and acrylic on linen
190.5 x 114.5 cm
installation view Galerie Buchholz, New York 2018

Sergej Jensen

“Smokey Teal”, 2018
sequin fabric on oil copper resinate and acrylic on linen
190.5 x 114.5 cm