Artist Paul Sietsema talks about his layered, self-reflective drawing, sculpture, and film work exploring society’s understanding of culture and history. Join the San Francisco Art Institute for this exciting artist talk, part of the ongoing Visiting Artist and Scholar lecture series: http://www.sfai.edu/events
Paul Sietsema’s layered, self-reflective work explores how imagery and material affect society’s understanding of culture and history. Deeply invested in the process of image-making and adept at illusionary techniques of trompe l’oeil, he uses photographs and objects as starting points for carefully crafted drawings and sculptures, which in turn may become source materials and subjects for films.
Sietsema has had solo museum exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; SFMOMA; the de Appel Foundation, Amsterdam; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; MoMA, New York; Cubitt, London; and the Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin. Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Wexner Center Residency Award. Sietsema lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin, and is represented by Matthew Marks Gallery. Sietsema is also a recipient of the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Painting Practices at SFAI this semester.
About the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series
SFAI’s Visiting Artists and Scholars (VAS) lecture series provides students and faculty—as well as the wider Bay Area public—with direct exposure to major figures in contemporary global art and culture. It creates an open forum through which SFAI’s students are challenged to go beyond basic canonical approaches to the study of art and to discover a global perspective that encourages conceptual and comparative approaches. In addition to the public lectures they give, visiting artists and scholars regularly engage with students in an immediate and active way, by teaching intensives or by participating in seminars, critiques, or colloquia.