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  • Provenance

    Galerie Neu, Berlin

  • Catalogue Essay

    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. For the last few years Jensen has been showing with more regularity textile works and paintings made by sewing, staining, bleaching, stretching and sometimes dabbing little marks on attractive found fabrics.
     
    The coarseness of the materials, the cracks and holes, the informal, stitched-together look of the colour fields, and the properties of the muted harmonious tones create a radical frailty and tattered grace that become highly evocative and speak directly on issues of aesthetic withdrawal and the state of material. 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; offcuts from previous works often re-appear as motifs for new paintings as he continues to explore the idea of ‘painting without paint’.

37

Untitled

2004
Metal chain mail and cotton embroidery on canvas.
160 × 130 cm (63 × 51 in).

Estimate
£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £21,250

Contemporary Art Evening

12 Feb 2010
London