At the Hour of Tea
Los Angeles-based artist Paul Sietsema develops a filmic space within the pages of this unique artist book by layering stills from his most recent 16mm film At the Hour of Tea. By puncturing the imagery with single and multiple laser-cut portals, he alludes to the analog process in film. 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. Clichéd “collectible” objects—Roman glass, coins, minor antiquities—invoke the notion of a salon or space of contemplation as a parallel to the contemporary studio. Characteristically, Sietsema plays with the idea of a kind of leisure-based consumptive creativity, employing sequences and objects as historical analogs for modern processes of consumption, production and communication.
Softcover w/dustjacket / 6 x 9 inches
136 pp / 19 b&w and 35 color
Retail Price: $49.00
RITE EDITIONS, SAN FRANCISCO