I saw this piece by Saint Clair Cemin at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC, and it wasn’t really until I got home and looked closely at this photograph that I realize this “octopus” really only has one arm. Since the sculpture is positioned in a corner of mirrors, the one arm is reflected in the mirrors to produce the illusion of 7 arms in total, at least from this angle. I didn’t move around the piece enough to see if there’s an angle that produces the appearance of 8 arms … you would think that there must be a way to see it that way, because why make an octopus with only 7 arms?
The exhibition is titled “Myth and Math,” and runs through December 23, 2014. The gallery is located at 293 10th Avenue in NYC. According to the gallery’s press release, “the artist continues to push the boundaries of shape and line, manipulating perspective, and uniting disparate materials and themes within individual sculptures.” The artist was born in Brazil, educated in Paris, and currently lives and works in New York (although he also has a studio in Beijing … sounds like a cool mix of places to be!).