'Visual algorithms' artist lectures this week

Guest artist James Siena, an American contemporary artist based in New York, lectures 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 in the McDonough Museum of Art auditorium on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The lecture, sponsored by the YSU Department of Art, is free and open to the public.

Siena earned a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University in 1979 and has exhibited his work in dozens of galleries throughout the United States.

His art is typically created through a series of self-imposed constraints also sometimes referred to as visual algorithms.

"At a certain point I wanted to make drawings and works that act as machines,” he said. “The way they act as machines is you have to find your way into them and find your way out of them. As you undo the making of them they come to life."

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