Paul Sietsema

(About art rather than language.)

In the mail recently, a flyer for an exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State, featuring work by Paul Sietsema. In particular, this fascinating reflection on painting (in several senses):

  (#1)

Sietsema was new to me, but he bears looking into.

From Wikipedia:

Paul Sietsema (born 1968) is an artist based in Los Angeles and Berlin. He completed his undergraduate studies at University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and received an MFA from UCLA in 1999. 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.”

(Artists describing what they’re doing in their work can be specific but impenetrable or vague or jargon-ridden or some mixture of these. Not that I know how to write this stuff; faced with the task of describing my own work, I’m inclined to trivialize it, but in plain language.)

#1 above is in a series of reflections on painting. Here’s a very different work, his “Taxi Drawing”:

  (#2)

This has a human figure in it, anchoring the lower left corner, but otherwise it’s a fascinating amalgam of the inorganic and the organic, wth superposed points of view.

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