James Siena: Interview

Robert Ayers interviews painter James Siena about his work on the occasion of his current exhibition on view at Pace Gallery through April 20, 2011.  Ayers asks Siena about his process, color, drawing and his new figurative work. Of the figurative work Siena says: "I just had an impulse at one point to draw a face. I was drawing a low-relief abstraction and rather than just drawing a line, I started doing some pictures: "An illusionistic space was beginning to happen and a couple of faces just appeared... It seemed like it was time to give myself permission to disobey the stricter abstract rules and... let some of that more overt stuff about the human condition... to come through. "