Joan Mitchell Center

Christopher Saucedo

New Orleans, LA and Rockaway, NY
Sculpture
March 11–May 3
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“When the great deluge comes, these polystyrene sculptures will float. They will be activated as navigational aids tethered to anchors by 100-feet of rope. Self-Portrait as a Water Bottle Buoy, which replicates the exact physical volume of my body as measured by water displacement, will serve as a marker to both the good water and the bad water: the drinking water we consume to live and the rising seawater that will one day consume us all.”

Christopher Saucedo grew up in pre-hip Brooklyn, then taught sculpture at the University of New Orleans for 20-years, retiring as Chairperson of the Art Department in 2012. He currently divides his time between New Orleans and Rockaway, NY, having returned to New York and joined the faculty at Adelphi University, where he continues to teach sculpture.

Saucedo’s art practice considers the duality of water, drawing on the experiences of having his home and studio destroyed by flooding twice, first in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and then by Hurricane Sandy in New York. Saucedo’s artwork has been extensively exhibited nationally and abroad over the past 30 years, and is in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art; The Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, AL; The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; and The National September 11th Memorial & Museum, New York. Saucedo is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including ones from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His artwork has been reviewed and featured on NPR, ARTnews, BOMB, Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, and World Sculpture News. His public sculpture, Flood Marker, remains in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans as monument and memorial to 1836 lives lost to the water in the catastrophic levee failures of 2005.

Saucedo received a BFA degree from New York's School of Visual Arts and MFA degree from the University of Michigan. After attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, he did post-graduate work at the Queens University of Belfast, in Northern Ireland. His artwork is represented by the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans.

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Water Bottle ($1)

Water Bottle ($1)

2018, branded paper with collage, 11 x 14 inches

  Water Bottle Buoy , 2017, demonstration tank, branded and painted wood, glass, water, plastic, string, fishing weight, 18 x 18 x 64 inches   Water Bottle Buoy  (detail), 2017   Self Portrait as Water Bottle Buoy , 2017, styrofoam, rope, chain, stone, water bottle is 47 inches tall

Water Bottle Buoy, 2017, demonstration tank, branded and painted wood, glass, water, plastic, string, fishing weight, 18 x 18 x 64 inches

Water Bottle Buoy (detail), 2017

Self Portrait as Water Bottle Buoy, 2017, styrofoam, rope, chain, stone, water bottle is 47 inches tall


  Self Portrait as Water Bottle Buoy , 2017, styrofoam, rope, chain, anchor, water bottle is 47 inches tall   Self Portrait as Water Bottle Buoy Comic Strip  (detail of bottle label)

Self Portrait as Water Bottle Buoy, 2017, styrofoam, rope, chain, anchor, water bottle is 47 inches tall

Self Portrait as Water Bottle Buoy Comic Strip (detail of bottle label)


Water Bottle Buoy, Coffin/Crate

Water Bottle Buoy, Coffin/Crate

2017, branded and painted wood with Styrofoam bottle, 28 x 51 x 75 inches

Red Cross Blanket

Red Cross Blanket

2017, embroidered Red-Cross blanket, 60 x 96 inches

  Red Cross Blankets , installation view, 2017, embroidered Red-Cross blanket, 60 x 96 inches each   Family Portrait as Water, Coffee Milagro, Fluid Volume, Finger Pointing

Red Cross Blankets, installation view, 2017, embroidered Red-Cross blanket, 60 x 96 inches each

Family Portrait as Water, Coffee Milagro, Fluid Volume, Finger Pointing


Red Cross Blanket (Finger Pointing)

Red Cross Blanket (Finger Pointing)

2018, branded paper with collage, 60 x 96 inches

Red Cross Blanket (Finger Pointing)

Red Cross Blanket (Finger Pointing)

(detail), 2018, branded paper with collage, 60 x 96 inches