Siebren Versteeg

b.1971, New Haven, CT
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Siebren Versteeg employs algorithmic programs to access, extract, and distill from a vast library of online imagery, which he presents as painterly abstractions on canvas, or as screen-based sculptural displays. Authoring algorithms to generate the weight of the line, brushstroke style, and subject matter, among other compositional nuances, Versteeg’s work addresses ideas of perception, authorship, choice, and chance. His “computerized painting actions” reference action painting, a term synonymous with Abstract Expressionism and the New York School.

Past solo exhibitions include the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; the Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; the Art Institute of Boston, MA; Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY; Ten in One Gallery, New York, NY; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL; and 1R Gallery, Chicago, IL. His work has been part of group exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; the Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign, IL; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA; and the National Museum of Art, Prague, Czech Republic; among many others.

Versteeg was a recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in 2005, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Merit Fellowship in 2004, and received the Stone Fellowship for Graduate Study from the University of Illinois, Chicago, from where he received his MFA in 2004. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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