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Saint Clair Cemin: Oedipus
March 8 @ 10:00 am - April 14 @ 6:00 pm EST
Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new sculpture by Brazilian artist Saint Clair Cemin. This will be Cemin’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. Oedipus takes on the renowned and influential Greek tragedy in order to interrogate the commanding force that human action can impose over what we perceive to be ‘destiny.’ Furthering the artist’s investigation into the symbolism of ancient mythology, the exhibition presents a new, twenty-part work alongside the sculptures that act as monuments to the power of language and family.
The exhibition’s title work, Oedipus, functions as its focal point and represents Cemin’s first exploration into the form of narrative sculpture; a traditional folk practice popular in his native Northeastern Brazil.
The scenes, while remaining true to the myth’s original narrative, are humorously embellished by Cemin to include an array of carnivalesque incarnations of the tragic hero. Oedipus takes on a human form when confronting the emblematic Sphynx; a monstrous figure when he meets Iocasta; a giant, raging baby when he murders Laius; and lastly a helpless, blind chimpanzee being led by the hand of Antigone. This act of retelling—its ability to create anew as it amends what was before—is a central facet of the exhibition.
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