EN / PT
Galeria Luciana Brito

Saint Clair Cemin: Recent Work

LB News
  • 1/3

Galeria Brito Cimino presents an exhibition of works by one of the greatest contemporary Brazilian sculptors, Saint Clair Cemin. The artist’s arrival in São Paulo is scheduled for November 4 coming from Paris, where he relocated in 2005.  Cemin is coming to Brazil to inaugurate the exhibition of his most recent production, a set of seven original sculptures executed in China during the several months he spent in that country in 2005.  The show opening November 8 will be held through December 3.

 

Saint Clair Cemin was born in Cruz Alta, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). He lived in New York for the past 15 years and there he earned recognition as one of the top contemporary artists working in the United States.  He showed his sculptures in São Paulo for the last time in September 2000, at Galeria Camargo Villaça. Currently his work is on display in a solo exhibition at Gallerie Baudoin Lebon, in Paris.

 

As it seems, the body of works by Saint Clair Cemin elicits confrontations between contrasting media, shapes, styles, perceptions, names, and meanings.  In a same work we might find the simple porosity of gypsum face-to-face with the solidity of wood, or yet the smoothest steel surface in contact with an unpolished bronze object.  Such variety of materials confers visibility on the perfect integration of styles and references in the work of Sain Clair Cemin, as for example a minimal drawing combined with a detail of Baroque inspiration.  And, as we turn to look for the meaning of his creations, we find the impossible issued forth as the likely.

 

The sculptures by Saint Clair Cemin feature precise references to the history of art that overreach the aesthetic issue and emphasize unsettled interrogations.  The artist parodies the past through subject matters that he introduces through the use of form or yet, simply, the use of certain materials such as marble and bronze.

 

Cemin handles in unique manner a diversity of figures and materials, imparting to his works a tragic effect that is also comical, devised through an intensely cerebral exercise.  In the current exhibition, this effect is visible in the piece “Orbis”, a geometric copper sculpture the details of which lead the viewer to feel its organicity.  This work reveals a world made up of starfish (Would they be octopuses, instead?) ambiguously embraced in such a way as to form a large sphere.  In “O Verbo Ser”, “I addressed a concurrence of being and environment,” the artist stated about the copper sculpture that appears to be made up by two three-legged beings. In “Ansa de Mesa”,

 

Saint Clair Cemin projects a bronze “handle” and a whitish patina on the surface of a wooden table.  In turn, in the work that he titled “Weltschmertz”, the artist involves the spectator in a sort of anguish in face of world misery and says that through this work he “delivered all afflictions with an ice cream that slowly melts on an implacable slab.”   These three sculptures plus another four that comprise the display at Galeria Brito Cimino were executed in a studio in Beijing where the artist has been working since 1999, as “only there” he manages to cast monumental-size pieces.

 

The book “Saint Clair Cemin, Sculptor from Cruz Alta” will be dedicated on the occasion of the artist’s Brazilian exhibition. The 525-page publication in 34 x 25 cm format illustrated with color as well as black-and-white pictures was written by U.S. critic Richard Milazzo and edited by the New York publishing house SIKKEMA JENKINS & CO.

11.05.2006 to 17.06.2006

 

tuesday - friday, from 10 AM to 7 PM
saturday, from 11 AM to 5 PM
free admission

 

tuesday - friday, from 10 AM to 7 PM
saturday, from 11 AM to 5 PM
free admission