Sergej Jensen

Maglegaard, Denmark, 1973



Sergej Jensen’s work draws on a wide range of materials and formal references.  Primarily known for his textile works, his compositions incorporate a variety of fabrics, from burlap and linen to silk and wool. Working within the idiom of minimalist painting, Jensen takes the canvas and sews, bleaches, stretches or stains the cloth to create works that waver between abstraction and figuration. His practice draws attention to seemingly incidental details such as flecks of wool or frayed edges, and his muted palette and gestural mark-making point as much to negative space as to delineated forms. 

Among his recent solo exhibitions are
Sergej Jensen, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland (2021); Sergej Jensen, Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2019) e The Weather, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany (2017). Jensen also took part in the group shows My Cartography: The Erling Kagge Collection, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, France (2020); Pulse, Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2020); Now is the time, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany (2019); The Collection, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, USA (2018) e Optik Schröder II, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria (2018).

The artist has works in important public collections, including Hamburger Banhoff – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany; LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, USA; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA and SFMoMA – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA.