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Paul Sietsema

Los Angeles, CA

Born 1968, Los Angeles, California

Empire really evolved over a four-year period in which I created and lived in a sort of landscape of books, images, histories, etc. I suppose part of the idea was to use the landscape as the material of the piece. I had been interested in the idea that the purpose of an artwork is not to transmit information or meaning, but is rather to mediate or pattern information or meaning in a way that matches its cultural and temporal context. Creating a world out of images, books, ideas, histories allowed me to sort of mainline this, to construct a sort of boiled-down version or model, based on the sort of pre-packaged information different types of media provide. I ended up combining many patterns of information or meaning relating to specific histories, images, and bodies of knowledge to create a new structure based on the nature of their combination. In doing so I think an environment was created in which linear time was unimportant.

1999 M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles

1992 B.A., University of California, Berkeley

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2003 Paul Sietsema: Empire, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, catalogue.

2002 Regen Projects, Los Angeles

1998 Brent Petersen Gallery, Los Angeles

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2003 Inaugural Exhibition, Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

2001 The Americans: New Art, curated by Mark Sladen, Barbican Art Galleries, London.

2001 Sonsbeek 9: Locus/Focus, curated by Jan Hoet, Arnhem, The Netherlands, catalogue and artist book.

2001 Drawings, Regen Projects, Los Angeles

2001 Bright Paradise: Exotic History and Sublime Artifice: The 1st Auckland Triennial, The University of Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand, catalogue.

2000 oo, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, catalogue

2000 L.A., Monika Spruth & Philomene Magers, Cologne, Germany; Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece.

2000 Mise en Scene: New Los Angeles Sculpture, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; CCAC Institute, 2001, catalogue

1999 Los Angeles, Galerie Philomene Magers and Maximilian Verlag, Munich, Germany

1999 The Perfect Life; Artifice in L.A., Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina, catalogue

1998 Local Heroes, Beyond Baroque, Venice, California

1998 Transfiction I/Transfiction II, Charim Klocker Gallery, Vienna, Austria

Year Awarded 2002
Category Visual Arts
Sietsema_2.jpg Empire Film Still #5
Sietsema_3.jpg Empire Film Still #10