Art: Art’s Complexities
James Siena plays with procedures and limitations
James Siena, a New York–based visual artist with a foundation in drawing and painting, works across a wide variety of materials and techniques.
“The world is increasingly complex,” notes Siena, who plays with procedures and limitations; it is within these constraints that his art is produced. His work carries what he calls “a modesty of means.”
He does not use fancy or expensive materials, rather relying on bamboo, wood, and string to create a recent series of sculptures. Siena also expresses interest “in the durability of bronze and the fact that it translates from wood in a lovely way that references tradition,” as evidenced here, with Eschatologist.
He and his wife, artist Katia Santibañez, live part-time in Otis. (Santibañez’s work was featured in this space in the previous issue.) Siena, who is currently preparing for a solo show of his drawings, is represented by Pace Gallery in New York City.