Topographies by Bosco Sodi at the Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington D.C.
Spanning the Institute’s first floor galleries, the presentation brings together Sodi’s first series of paintings realized in black and white with four of the artist’s timber columns and an installation comprised of ceramic glazed volcanic rocks. Organized in conjunction with The Phillips Collection, Topographies marks Sodi’s first exhibition in this historic cultural building.
Sodi’s multivalent practice employs quotidian materials such as sawdust, pigment, and clay, in pursuit of authenticity that draws upon the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. Elevating the concepts of transience and imperfection, Sodi works instinctively by building up a surface formation onto the canvas, producing complex compositions that recall primitive geographical landscapes. As the works cure over many weeks in the artist’s studio, they produce unexpected fissures—evidence of ongoing microscopic activity. Both the black and white works and those executed in a vibrant red, emit a psychological intensity that recalls Sodi’s modernist precursors. The artist’s hand-made bricks, fired in a traditional kiln in the artist’s Oaxacan foundation, Casa Wabi, are assembled to form vertical structures reminiscent of temporary construction columns in humble homage to the process of creation.
The artist will participate in a talk at The Phillips Collection on May 20, 2019.
Bosco Sodi's Topographies will be on display at the Institute from May 9 through June 29, 2019.
Image: Bosco Sodi, Leonor, 2019, mixed media on canvas, 200 x 280 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Kasmin Gallery.