Paul Sietsema, Wexner Center for the Arts
Folded catalogue-poster for Paul Sietsema’s solo show at the Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, September 2013 – January 2014
Paul Sietsema explores what it means to make art today—amid the barrage of images; the telescoping of past, present, and future that instant access to information seems to provide; and the ease with which digital means can present alternate realities. As the artist explains, “capturing an image is a less significant event than it used to be,” and Sietsema’s efforts are focused on returning significance to the activity of image-making. The exhibition was the most comprehensive to date for the artist, who lives and works in Los Angeles. It brought together three films—Figure 3 (2008), Anticultural Positions (2009), and the recently completed At the hour of tea (2013)—along with drawings, paintings, and other works on paper.