The pleasure of Siena’s art arises from the tension between the overall image or the changing visual field and the individual units.
Siena’s paintings and drawings have become a maze of marks that he seems in no hurry to escape. They are odes to anonymous labor.
As a non-discursive kind of writing, Siena’s drawing speaks to a level of consciousness deeper than thought, bypassing the nagging intellect and going straight for the nervous system.
The Age of Small Things, a group show organized by the painter Chuck Webster, fills the ground floor of the Lower East Side’s Dodge Gallery, where the singular touch of the artist-curator has recast a parade of diminutive objects into an unpredictable unfolding of processes and ideas.