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Gallery Talk: Paul Sietsema

Sat, Sep 21, 2013


Paul Sietsema
Brush painting (green), 2012

Enamel on dyed canvas
27 x 26 1/2 in. (69 x 67 cm)
Terri and Michael Smooke
© Paul Sietsema
Photo: Ron Amstutz, courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

To celebrate the opening of his MCA exhibition, Paul Sietsema and curator Lynne Warren engage in a conversation about his practice and the works on view. Sietsema uses photographs and other objects that reference specific bodies of knowledge as starting points for his carefully crafted drawings and sculptures, which he then films. His films arrange and compare the original images and objects—and the ideas, information, and knowledge associated with them—in ways that combine with the artist’s practice of working in different media at each stage of his projects to explore how imagery and material affect our understanding of culture and history.

Sietsema has had one-person exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Kunsthalle Basel. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005, a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship in 2008, and a Wexner Center Residency Award in 2009. Sietsema lives and works in Los Angeles.