Commensurate with contemporary art's increasingly polyvalent practices, Paul Sietsema is a sculptor of space whose "objects" are meditations on the ambiguity of vision and perception. He works primarily in film and sculpture-though he also makes collages, drawings, photographs, and books-and his oeuvre fluctuates between three-dimensional objects and flat, moving images, and between history and the present.
Sietsema graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992 with a BA and the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1999 with an MFA. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at venues such as De Appel, Amsterdam, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (both in 2008); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2003); Regen Projects, Los Angeles (2002); and Brent Petersen Gallery, Los Angeles (1998). Sietsema has recently been featured in group exhibitions at venues including Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008, cat.); Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International; Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (cat.), Fast Forward: Contemporary Collections for the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art (cat.), and Live/Work: Performance into Drawing, Museum of Modern Art, New York (all in 2007); Le Mouvement des Images, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2006, cat.); Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2005, cat.); Uncertain States of America: American Art in the Third Millennium, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo (2005-8, cat., traveled to Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Serpentine Gallery, London, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland, Herning Kunstmuseum, Denmark, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Musée de Sérignan, France, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, and Songzhuan Art Centre, Beijing); and Sonsbeek 9: Locus/Focus, Arnhem (2001, cats.).
—From acquisition narrative, 2009, by Douglas Fogle and Karin Campbell