James Siena, Two Scrambled Combs, 2008, enamel on aluminum, 19 1/4 x 15 1/8".

James Siena

Pace | 32 East 57th Street

James Siena, Two Scrambled Combs, 2008, enamel on aluminum, 19 1/4 x 15 1/8".

For his third solo show at the Pace Gallery, James Siena assembled graphic paintings, prints, and drawings made in the past three years. Executing premeditated compositional directives freehand and using the slick combination of sign painter’s enamel on aluminum, Siena creates jiving geometric patterns whose careful craftsmanship marks them with durational depth and attractive immediacy. While the underlying structures of his compositions afford them a measured integrity, the unruliness of the lines’ behavior makes them come alive.

A step-by-step sequence of engravings, Non-Slice: Ten Progressive Proofs, 2005–2009, framed and hung in the center of the main gallery, illustrated, from start to finish, the process by which Siena generates an image: The first print portrays a simple outline of an amoebalike form nearly touching the edges of the otherwise empty sheet. Next, Siena cordones

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