Subjective Histories of Sculpture III: Paul Sietsema

    Mon, Feb 23, 2009, 6:30pm

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    SculptureCenter, in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, presents a series of artist-led lectures: Subjective Histories of Sculpture III. This lecture series furthers SculptureCenter's exploration of how contemporary artists think about sculpture, its conventions, and its legacies. Three artists have been invited to present their own take on art history and address evolving strategies of representation, borrowing examples from fine art, popular culture, and personal and fictional sources. These histories are subjective, incomplete, and eclectic. They question assumptions and examine ways of viewing the old and the new. Subjective Histories of Sculpture III is the third edition of SculptureCenter Lectures at the New School, inaugurated in 2006.

    Paul Sietsema was born in Los Angeles in 1968. Sietsema conducts evocative experiments with scale that explore how perception of space varies with the media used to represent it. Often departing from found photographs or documentation, he transposes this material into three-dimensional sculptures and models which he then captures on film. Encompassing drawing and collages, his works create layered commentaries on the signification of chosen spaces and locations. Sietsema examines borders between fiction and documentary, unraveling the process of the creation of his works, and their different stages of production. Paul Sietsema has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2003), the de Appel Foundation in Amsterdam (2008), and at the San Francisco Museum of Art (2008). He is scheduled for upcoming exhibitions at MoMA and the Reina Sofia in Madrid, in 2009. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2005) and a DAAD Fellowship (2008). Sietsema currently divides his time between Los Angeles and Berlin.

    $5 General Admission, SculptureCenter Members and Students Free. For tickets call 212-229-5488 or email

    Paul Sietsema, Figure 3, 2008. 16mm black and white and color film. 16 minutes. Image courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles.