James Siena
Nine Constant Windows

2010 91 x 72 inches signed and numbered by the artist in an edition of 18 + 3 APs Hand dyed Tibetan wool

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One of the most famous living abstract artists, James Siena, is best known for the intricate geometric abstractions that he creates freehand by imposing upon himself a set of "rules" that he calls "visual algorithms." Beginning with a basic unit—a shape or a set of lines—he allows these algorithms, which are essentially predetermined permutations, to guide the progression of each work. The resulting drawing or painting is a pattern that is not only visually complex, but also logical and formulaic. "They're procedures," Siena says of the rules governing his paintings. "Each painting has to do with carrying out a procedure, no matter how simple. It's the task of making it physical." Though rigorously executed and highly procedural, Siena's abstract compositions transcend geometry, producing psychological, and some might even say meditative or spiritual, effects. We were particularly interested to make a rug with James Siena. Textiles design and more generally decorative arts motifs are an inspiration to Siena and essential to understanding his art. Siena shows with Pace Gallery in New York and BravinLee has been working with him for over a decade. Siena has made two rugs with BravinLee and is represented by Pace Gallery. The graph makers at the factory in Nepal took it as a personal challenge to translate his intricate algorythmic patterns.

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