Paul Sietsema

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Paul Sietsema
Seven Films by Paul Sietsema


Edited by Nora Burnett Abrams.
Texts by Michael Ned Holte, Sarah Robaio Sheridan, and Nora Burnett Abrams

Published in conjunction with Sietsema’s show at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Seven Films by Paul Sietsema is the first publication devoted to the artist’s films. In the words of Sarah Robayo Sheridan, “Paul Sietsema compounds organic and artificial detritus in all his artwork, scavenging in history’s wake to identify specific tools of cultural production and foraging for concepts of art promulgated in the words of artists and attitudes of critics. He mines film as a vestige, the medium of the mechanical age, pressing and squeezing its very obsolescence through a contemporary sieve. In so doing, the artist hovers in the switchover between a bodily inscription in the image and a fundamental reconstitution of sight and representation in the matrix of the virtual. Where body stops and image starts is a divide collapsing through a series of innovations and accidents that go back as far as the people of Pompeii trapped in an emulsion that marked their death, but which paradoxically carried forward their image into eternity.”

First edition of 1000 copies, now out of print.

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Paul Sietsema
At the hour of tea

Paul Sietsema’s work in film and painting addresses the objects and systems of cultural production, tracing the circuits of proliferation and consumption that allow these objects to be taken up into history. At the hour of tea is a collection of stills from his most recent 16 mm film of the same title.

A filmic space develops within pages of this unique artist’s book, moving through and layering the film’s imagery—tableaux of objects—via a system of laser-cut portals and transparent screenlike pages. Sietsema employs a language of clichéd “collectible” objects—Roman glass, coins, minor antiquities—to invoke the idea of a salon or space of contemplation as a parallel to the contemporary studio, and the idea of a kind of leisure-based consumptive creativity. Drawing on the design idea of skeuomorphism, common in modern computer interfaces, Sietsema fills his tableaux with now-outmoded items that live on as icons of their former functions.

Copublished with RITE EDITIONS
Design by Paul Sietsema and Geoff Kaplan

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Paul Sietsema
Interviews on Films and Works

Edited by Quinn Latimer
With interviews by Andrew Berardini, Anne Collier, Gintaras  Didžiapetris, Bruce Hainley, Carter Mull, Ali Subotnick, Adam Szymczyk & Quinn Latimer, The Wrong Times

Published on the occasion of his solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel (June–August 2012), this publication includes interviews and images of the work of the Los Angeles-based artist Paul Sietsema. The residual aesthetics of Sietsema’s art practice result from the translation of visual information between mediums—for instance, his sculptures and paintings appear on film rather than in their original media. Through the accumulation of conversations with the artist spanning from 2006 to 2012—primarily reproductions of earlier material with the addition of a new interview by Adam Szymczyk, director of Kunsthalle Basel, and Quinn Latimer, an art critic and the book’s editor—the discursive texts in Interviews on Films and Works obliquely encompass the issues central to the artist’s work, including the perception of present time and the relationship of materials to form. Also featured in the publication are stills from newly produced films, Telegraph (2012) and Encre Chine (2012), as well as reproductions of paintings and works on paper developed from the recurring visual motif of a photograph of a sailboat—continuing Sietsema’s ongoing investigation into the mechanics of knowledge and history within image culture.

Co-published with Kunsthalle Basel
Design by Manuel Raeder

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