The Devil Never Even Lived in James Siena’s Mesmerizing Typewriter Palindrome Drawings
With the delicate precision of a concert pianist, he tapped out letters, numbers, and punctuation in colored ink to produce eye-teasing abstractions.
This being James Siena, he had a system, so each of his cryptic texts came out reading the the same way forward and back. Reminiscent of medieval micrography, these delirious palindromes illuminate the interior poetry of math.
They’re on view for the first time in a new show at Sargent’s Daughters, which pairs them with Orly Genger’s madcap drawings of abstracted superhero limbs.
Reblogged from letmypeopleshow.
1. unknown greenhouse
2. john cage
I once knew this boy, fallen in love with him but I couldn’t fix him. I dreamed to be his world, and the days went by and he grew away and in due course I followed. We were never the same climate. But I could never really go, no matter what was happening. His mouth tasted like cranberries and Marlboro Blacks.
Then one day I left. The bottoms of my feet are now always cut up, callous peeled off. Maybe if I had started this sooner I wouldn’t have left.
Bonsai is a central theme to my work. Bonsai is the art form of planting trees in a pot and creating a microcosmic scene of nature. It consists of multiple layers of various elements. The size of a pot determines how much trees can grow. Branches and trunks which grow freely are shaped artificially with wires. To create the natural-looking, white, dead branches and trunk, a skilled craftsman uses deadwood technique to kill some parts of them with chemicals or a chisel knife. Natural plants which grow in various directions do not have a specific front side obviously. However, in Bonsai there is a front side, which means there is a painterly element to them. Bonsai is created intentionally this way. Bonsai is the collaborative result of natural beauty and artistic work by a human, a combination I am deeply attracted to.
Sculptures by Wang Ruilin
Illustrations by Elisa Ancori
Jamie Bates Slone is a ceramic artist known for her figurative work in clay paired with with projected imagery as surface, as well as her experimental work in the casting of ceramic glazes. Her most recent work addresses the fragility of the human spirit in the midst of illness and loss in relation to her family’s history with cancer.
This series is based on the concept of curiosity cabinets. The books have been collected in flea markets in Brussels and Lisbon and are now inhabited by white creators giving them a new life, with imagined stories.