contemporary art

Sergej Jensen

Denmark 1973

Sergej Jensen
Sergej Jensen
December 28, 2014

Sergej Jensen is a Danish contemporary artist, born in 1973. Using a spectrum of abject materials like jute, burlap coarse linen, and focusing on their most marginal qualities, the painter presents melancholic tableaus. By deploying large fields of unaffected raw texture, crude collage elements, and subtle planes of pigmented washes, the painter engages the viewer in a pursuit of content.

Jensen was born in Maglegaard, Denmark, and he studied at the Städelschule, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, in Frankfurt, Germany. Sergej Jensen’s work draws on a wide range of materials and formal references. Primarily known for his textile works, his lyrical compositions incorporate a variety of fabrics, from burlap and linen to silk and wool. His earlier work, made predominantly of found and purchased fabrics stitched or patched together, delineated a steady midpoint between the artist’s sensibilities and his given circumstances.

Working within the idiom of minimalist painting, Jensen takes its material support – the canvas – and sews, bleaches, stretches or stains the cloth to create works that waver between abstraction and representation. The principle of the readymade and recycling also suffuse his practice, off-cuts from previous works often re-appear as motifs for new paintings, and hand-knitted lengths are sewn or pulled over stretchers. Sections of fabric are left outside to let the weather alter its surface. His practice draws attention to seemingly incidental details such as flecks of wool or frayed edges, and his muted palette and gestural mark-making, whether applied in paint or stained with bleach, point as much to negative space as to delineated forms. Although the imagery can be hard to read, the titles given often allude to their point of origin in recognizable forms, such as Tower of Nothing made from recycled moneybags, or Eye of the maker featuring various banknotes of different currencies, which point to his unabashed relationship to the commercial market.

While the discourse of Jensen’s paintings is often associated with the work of Rosemarie Trockel, Sigmar Polke, Blinky Palermo and Michael Krebber, it is the production of his own music, films and collaborative performances that bears as large an influence over his practice. In previous gallery exhibitions, Jensen has also subverted the gallery context by the arrangement of his paintings alongside additional domestic elements such as a fireplace, rugs or carpeting. For example, for the Berlin Biennial, Jensen created a ‘waiting room’ lined with chairs, paintings, appliquéd fabric ceiling and a monitor with a film by Jensen capturing from a window unsuspecting passers-by in a park.

His work has exhibited in several solo exhibitions, and in a number of major international group exhibitions in Berlin, and at the São Paulo Biennial.

Sergej Jensen currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015Dependence: Opposite the Other Side Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel AvivGroup
2014Sergej Jensen - ClassicRegen Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
2014Sergej JensenAvlskarl Gallery, CopenhagenSolo
2014Sergej Jensen - EvianWhite Cube, Hong KongSolo
2014Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract PaintingLos Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014We notGalerie Daniel Buchholz - Köln, CologneGroup
201420 Years Galerie NeuGalerie NEU, BerlinGroup
2014Happier than the morning sunSies + Höke, Dusseldorf Group
2014Spuren der ModerneKunstmuseum Wolfsburg, WolfsburgGroup
2014Dépendance at Carlos Ishikawa - The HawkerCarlos, Ishikawa, LondonGroup
2013Sergej Jensen -Solo ExhibitRegen Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
2013Sergej Jensen - Fred Thieler-preis FÜr Malerei 2013Berlinische Galerie, BerlinSolo
2013Wall Works - Hamburger BahnhofMuseum für Gegenwart, BerlinGroup
2013To Open Eyes - Art and Textiles from the Bauhaus to Today Kunsthalle Bielefeld, BielefeldGroup
2013DecorumMusée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM ARC, ParisGroup
2013IslandDairy Art Centre, LondonGroup
2013Painting Forever! Keilrahmen - Kunst-Werke BerlinKW Institute for Contemporary Art , BerlinGroup
20136 ArtistsEleni Koroneou Gallery, AthensGroup
2013I knOw yoUIrish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, DublinGroup
2013The Gesture and the SignWhite Cube, São PauloGroup
2012Sergej JensenGaleria Fortes Vilaça, São PauloSolo
2012Circus WolsGalerie NEU, BerlinSolo
2012Sergej Jensen - Solo ShowAnton Kern Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2012The Castle in the Air. Séance of ImaginationCentrum Kultury Zamek, PoznanGroup
2012More LightAvlskarl Gallery, CopenhagenGroup
2012Fruits of Passion - Project for contemporary artCentre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, ParisGroup
2012Matter of ChoicesCCA Andratx, Andratx Group
2012Jana Euler Michael Callies Sergej Jensen MD 72, BerlinGroup
2012Everyday Abstract - Abstract EverydayJames Cohan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Sammlung Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, WolfsburgGroup
2012Collaborations & Interventions  CCA Andratx, Andratx Group
2012Collaborations & InterventionsNymphius Projekte Berlin, BerlinGroup
20127 ArtistsEleni Koroneou Gallery, AthensGroup
2012Circus WolsWeserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, BremenGroup
2011Master of ColorsDépendance, BrusselsSolo
2011Sergej Jensen - Master of ColorGalerie NEU, BerlinSolo
2011Sergej Jensen - Solo ExhibitMoMA PS1, New York City, NYSolo
2011Grand Opening Part IMathew, BerlinGroup
2011Verschiebungsersatz Kimmerich, New York City, NYGroup
2011Schrippenking with a p?Galerie Mezzanin, ViennaGroup
2011Joshua Neustein Sergej Jensen N. DashRental Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Joshua Neustein Sergej Jensen N. DashUntitled, New York City, NYGroup
2011Structure  &  AbsenceWhite Cube, LondonGroup
20118 ArtistsEleni Koroneou Gallery, AthensGroup
2011DystopiaCAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, BordeauxGroup
2011Time AgainSculptureCenter, New York City, NYGroup
2011Provisional Painting - Stuart ShaveModern Art, LondonGroup
2011Black Swan: The ExhibitionRegen Projects, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011True Faith Andersen's Copenhagen, Copenhagen Group
2011All of this and nothingHammer Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Carnegie Art Award 2010 - TaidehalliKunsthalle Helsinki, HelsinkiGroup
2010Tauba Auerbach, Matthew Day Jackson, R.H. Quaytman, etc…Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, ParisGroup
2010Fisch Gräten Melk StandTemporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, BerlinGroup
2010BABELFRAC - Auvergne, Clermont FerrandGroup
2010Carnegie Art Award 2010Kunstnernes Hus, OsloGroup
2010Mehr Teppich More CarpetsGalerie Isabella Bortolozzi, BerlinGroup
2010SHAZAM!Gerhardsen Gerner, BerlinGroup
2010Carnegie Art AwardNational Gallery of Iceland, ReykjavikGroup
2010The house of wonderMD 72, BerlinGroup
2009Sergej Jensen - Kunst-Werke BerlinKW Institute for Contemporary Art , BerlinSolo
2009Getting Nowhere (Voglio Essere Proprio Qui)Galleria gentili, Prato, POGroup
2009Art Foundation Mallorca 2009CCA Andratx, Andratx Group
2009Carnegie Art Award 2010Kunsthal Charlottenborg, CopenhagenGroup
2009Minimal MeansInitial Access Frank Cohen Collection, WolverhamptonGroup
2009The splendor of fearMichael Benevento, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009My Summer Show Galerie Lelong, New York City, NY Group
2009Your Gold Teeth III Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2009Modern modernCAM - Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2009Nothing to say and I am saying itKunstverein Freiburg, FreiburgGroup
2008Sergej Jensen: Pictures and PaintingsGalerie NEU, BerlinSolo
2008REVIEWGalerie NEU, BerlinGroup
2008No Information AvailableGladstone Gallery, BrusselsGroup
2008BOXERLiteraturhaus Frankfurt, FrankfurtGroup
2008Painting Now and Forever Part IIGreene Naftali, New York City, NYGroup
2008Friends and FamilyAnton Kern Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008NEU at dépendanceDépendance, BrusselsGroup
2008Group ShowMD 72, BerlinGroup
2007ShandismusKunsthaus Dresden, DresdenGroup
2007Albrecht Schnider Rebecca Morris Sergej JensenGrieder Contemporary, ZurichGroup
2007Filaturen Sies + Höke, Dusseldorf Group
2007Made in GermanySprengel Museum Hannover, HannoverGroup
2007Made in GermanyKunstverein Hannover, HannoverGroup
2007STUFF - International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt AaronMuseum of Contemporay Art Detroit, Detroit, MIGroup
2007Josef Strau and Galerie MeerrettichVilma Gold, LondonGroup
2007Conditions of DisplayLocust Projects, Miami, FLGroup
2007Very Abstract and Hyper FigurativeThomas Dane Gallery, LondonGroup
2006Sergej Jensen - Nature and NothingGaleria Fortes Vilaça, São PauloSolo
2006Under PressureArt:Concept, ParisGroup
2006Faster! Bigger! Better!ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, KarlsruheGroup
2006MOMENTUM – Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art 2006Momentum Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art , MossGroup
2006Infinite Painting - Contemporary Painting and Global RealismVilla Manin. Centro d'arte contemporanea, Codroipo, UDGroup
2006Optik SchröderKunstverein Braunschweig,BraunschweigGroup
2006A reverie interrupted by the the police Galleria S.A.L.E.S., RomeGroup
2005No competitive offersArtis, 's-HertogenboschGroup
2005Sergej Jensen and David Shrigley Anton Kern Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005Nolens Volens, 10 Jahre Galerie NeuGalerie NEU, BerlinGroup
2005Principles Of Construction Nymphius Projekte Berlin, BerlinGroup
2005Mallorca Open ’05: Principles Of ConstructionCCA Andratx, AndratxGroup
2004Arbeiten und ein FeuerwerkGalerie NEU, BerlinSolo
2004FormalismusKunstverein in Hamburg, HamburgGroup
200426° Bienal de São PauloBienal de Sao Paulo, São PauloGroup
2004Eclipse - Towards the edge of the visibleWhite Cube, LondonGroup
2004Universal OutstretchFlaca, LondonGroup
2004Liquidation totaleDépendance, BrusselsGroup
2004Werke aus der Sammlung BorosZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe,KarlsruheGroup
2003Sergej Jensen - Stürme der JugendDépendance, BrusselsSolo
2003Charlottenborg Autumn Exhibition 2003Kunsthal Charlottenborg, CopenhagenGroup
2003New Abstract PaintingMuseum Morsbroich, LeverkusenGroup
2003Sergej Jensen und Stefan MüllerKunstverein Braunschweig, BraunschweigGroup
2003Dirty PicturesThe Approach, LondonGroup
2003Deutsche Malerei 2003Frankfurter Kunstverein, FrankfurtGroup
2003Sergei Jensen and Stefan MullerGreene Naftali, New York City, NYGroup
2002HOSSA CCA Andratx, Andratx Group
20021004 - Frozen MicrowavemusicFrankfurt am Main, FrankfurtGroup
2002SCHÖNE AUSSICHT, HERR SCHWEINS!Galerie Otto Schweins, CologneGroup
2002Waiting for the ice age Georg Kargl Fine Arts & Georg Kargl Box, ViennaGroup
200124, Rue du Faubourg-Saint-HonoréGalerie NEU, BerlinGroup
2001Frankfurter KreuzSchirn Kunsthalle, FrankfurtGroup
2001Husain | Richter | JensenFrankfurter Kunstverein, FrankfurtGroup