Charles Walter Stetson
'After the Bath', 1910
Mixed media on paper
30 x 44 inches
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.
1986, oil on canvas, private collection.
Untitled (one square foot, version 3), 2011. VCT tile, MDF and fish glue. 12 x 12 x 12 inch. (plus floor dimensions variable)