“His highly polished hybrids have a physical presence and an intellectual suggestiveness that have helped preserve the vitality of the sculptural object.”
— Michael Breson, New York Times
In 1988, Saint Clair Cemin was featured in the ICI exhibition Hybrid Neutral, which examined how abstraction could reach into the social realm, beyond formal considerations. Ever since Cemin’s work has continued to explore the fluidity of abstraction through a broad sculptural vocabulary that relates to profound human emotions. In Eurydice, the figure – like the nymph of Greek mythology it is named after – is seemingly in between states of formlessness, being slowly brought back to life by the enchanting music of her loving husband, Orpheus.
From Brazil, based in New York, Cemin has exhibited internationlally, and this work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brazil, among many others.
—Courtesy of ICI
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery
About Saint Clair Cemin
Saint Clair Cemin creates sculptures that range from concrete forms to surreal abstractions, informed by wide range of art history and world cultures. The Brazilian sculptor has worked in various styles and techniques such as bronze, painted wood, and lacquered steel, always infusing her works with a handmade quality, and referencing everyone from Auguste Rodin to Jean Arp and Niki de Saint Phalle. The range of his practice was seen in the public exhibition “Saint Clair Cemin on Broadway,” which featured seven works, including a totemic female figure in hammered copper, a fractal pyramid in Corten steel, and a rugged marble carving called The Wind. Cemin lives and works in Brooklyn and Beijing.
Brazilian, b. 1951, Cruz Alta, Brazil, based in New York, NY, United States