For Christopher Saucedo’s exhibition at Arthur Roger, “Neapolitan (Comic Book Diplomacy, Go Cups and Water Bottle Buoys),” a digital print picturing three cups of strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla colored drinks serves as the visual metaphor that the title indicates. Saucedo says he made this piece to try to encapsulate the whole three-part show. According to his research, after Italians brought gelato to America, the three most popular flavors were vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. In turn, three distinct bodies of work join in the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Before Katrina, Saucedo was fascinated with how people related to water, specifically how much water we displace or take up. One of his earliest experiments involved the artist stepping into a large barrel of water in order to assess his fluid volume. It wasn’t until after Katrina that he began thinking creatively and critically about clean water and its availability.
Neapolitan (Comic Book Diplomacy, Go Cups and Water Bottle Buoys), Christopher Saucedo’s latest exhibition at Arthur Roger Gallery assembles varied works from the sculptor with an emphasis on his Comic Book Diplomacy series.