Paul Sietsema, Calendar Boat 1, 2012, ink on paper, 64 1/8 x 50 3/8".

Paul Sietsema

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Paul Sietsema, Calendar Boat 1, 2012, ink on paper, 64 1/8 x 50 3/8".

In “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again,” author David

Foster Wallace narrates an excruciating, ill-fated voyage: a seven-night Caribbean cruise funded by his editors at Harper’s magazine. Over the course of this dense forty-nine-page essay, Wallace learns to differentiate between “rolling” and “pitching” at sea as he is overfed, tortured by incessant disco drumming, and generally exasperated. Many thousands of words too long for a glossy magazine article, excessively detailed, and structured in free-floating non sequiturs, this amazing text itself seems lost at sea: a novella-length allegory for the waves of words rocking about in Wallace’s mind.

Paul Sietsema’s recent London exhibition, too, seemed to be located symbolically at sea. Four drawings, each titled Calendar Boat (all works 2012), depict a found vintage photograph of a cruising sailboat. Sietsema painstakingly

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