Bill Jensen: Interview

Bill Jensen, The Trinity, 2010-11, Oil on linen, triptych, 53 x 120 inches (cour
Bill Jensen, The Trinity, 2010-11, Oil on linen, triptych, 53 x 120 inches (courtesy Cheim & Read Gallery)

Peter Brock interviews painter Bill Jensen on the occasion of his current exhibition of new paintings at Cheim & Read Gallery, New York, on view through February 18, 2012.

Jensen discusses in depth his the origins of his recent group of triptychs. He remarks: "I think with the physical dimension of the panels, I'm able to more radically change the tone, the darkness, the space, the time in the paintings than I could if it was one single painting. The ones that have only a painted division cannot create as dramatic a change. Physically I’m allowed to make very radical changes with separate panels. And also the drawn elements can go across from one panel to another. There’s lots of freedom you have with these panels—they can be turned around, the starting configuration of the drawing can be changed very quickly just by moving all the panels around."