Bosco Sodi (b.1970) is known for his minimalist sculptures and highly textured, vividly pigmented paintings. Working between New York and Mexico, the artist demonstrates the dichotomy within these two different environments through an investigative admission of their conceptual and geographical climates. Process and elements of chance become fundamental to Sodi’s practice. Much of the artist’s work is influenced and dictated by the traditional Japanese “Wabi-Sabi” aesthetic philosophy that finds it epitome in the structure of Casa Wabi, residence, studio and non-profit arts centre in Oaxaca, Mexico. Taking this philosophy as an essential reference, Sodi’s paintings take form and shape by embracing the accidental, the moment of non-control, while working in complete harmony with the natural elements. The artist creates a unique texture by mixing sawdust with natural pigments and glue as a binder, applying it directly to the canvas with his bare hands. Sodi works in an intensely direct and performative manner that supports a uniquely transcendental transmission between the creator and work, rejecting any appliances or other forms of assistance. The result reveals a surface of rough texture, cracks and chasms that allow a reading of time and agency. Once monochrome bodies, their material is fractured, revealing beautifully organic structures that subvert the painting and stand as relics of the artist’s direct intervention.
Sodi has widely exhibited internationally, notably including Paul Kasmin Gallery in Los Angeles, Blain Southern in London, and the Bronx Museum in New York. Today, works can be found in the collections of the Luis Barragán Foundation in Basel, the IBM Building in New York, and the Museo Internacional del Arte Aplicada Oggi in Turin among others. He lives and works Brooklyn, NY.