Sergej Jensen at White Cube Bermondsey

Moneybags

Sergej Jensen's first show with White Cube opens up the whole of the large South Galleries space and sees the Danish, New York based, artist mount his 'paintings' around the room. To call the constructions paintings at all is open to debate with many stretchers seeing no added pigment at all. Instead the clue is in the title of the show, Jensen simply sews banking bags together creating a rough grid, sometimes these are left as is, on other occasions they are overlaid with acrylic. 

The Rocos 05, 2016

The Rocos 05, 2016

Notes, sums, outmoded brands and logos all float on the surface and a history is imbued by association. Money makes the world go around and in these works through abstraction and familiarity there is a reflection of their former use and importance. There is also a very real feel of inflation, how these sums meant more before than they do now. 

U.S. MINT, 2016

U.S. MINT, 2016

A recent departure into more figurative imagery, the last painting in the show is the Battle of Anghiari, finished earlier this year and depicting Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting of the same name. Below the reproduction of the image is clear, in the flesh the subtlety of the paint's application and scale of the piece render the original harder to fathom. 

Battle of Anghiari, 2016

Battle of Anghiari, 2016

http://whitecube.com/exhibitions/sergej_jensen_bermondsey_2016/ until April 17th