James Siena

  • James Siena
    Connected Hooks, 2007
    Ink on paper
    161 x 110 cm

  • James Siena
    Blue perforated combs, 2009
    Colored pencil and graphite on paper
    102 x 72 cm

  • James Siena
    Shaded Adolescent Form, 2010
    Graphite on paper
    29 x 23,5 cm

  • James Siena
    Triangle drawing, second version, 2011
    Graphite on board
    44 x 37 cm

  • James Siena
    Connected Hooks (Pathway), 2011
    Graphite and ink on abaca paper
    44,5 x 38 cm

  • James Siena
    Connected Hooks with arrows (red), 2011 – 2012
    Enamel on aluminium
    74 x 57,5 cm

  • James Siena
    Two Switchbacked Loops, 2009
    Enamel on aluminium
    49 x 38,5 cm

  • James Siena
    Closed Heliopolis, 2007
    Ink on paper
    152,5 x 101,5 cm

  • James Siena
    Floppy Combs, 2011
    Enamel on aluminium
    49 x 38,5 cm

  • James Siena
    Sawtoothed Mediterranean Form (île du Levant), 2012
    Enamel on aluminium
    49 x 38,5 cm

  • James Siena
    Underdog (Anti-Drain), 2012 – 2013
    Enamel on aluminium
    49 x 38,5 cm

  • James Siena
    Underdog (One), 2013
    Impression in Cintra relief
    207 x 146 cm (plate)
    209,5 x 148,5 cm (sheet)

James Siena is a pivotal artist in the New York art scene, particularly known for his creative process based on self-imposed parameters that he terms visual algorithms. By establishing a base unit that he infinitely and obsessively repeats, Siena takes possession of the surface plane in order to focus on complex geometric and abstract forms. James Siena’s work explores numerous mediums, including lithography, engraves, drawing, and paintings of enamel on aluminum, a technique that characterizes his work since the 1990s. The rigorous mathematical process adopted by James Siena and the industrial technique of enamel on aluminum obscures neither the artist’s presence of hand nor the fragility of his lightest touch, which he applies and endlessly repeats. The motion Siena creates, at once rational and poetic, confront us with an optical riddle that mixes chance and order, where the leitmotiv distinguishes itself in a group that at first glance appeared uniform. The little spaces, similar to fetishes, totems, or icons, concentrate a unique and hypnotic energy that invites the onlooker to choose his own path between the lines and to give himself over to the metaphysical experience.

Exhibitions