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 Bosco Sodi  (1970 - )

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Lived/Active: New York / Spain/Mexico      Known for: high color non-objective painting

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The following is from Architectural Digest, December, 2011

The Art of Bosco Sodi
The artist’s experiments with bold colors and humble materials mix high-art gravitas with kitchen-chemistry whimsy

Text by Julie L. Belcove/Photography by Andréa Fazzari

When most artists talk about making site-specific works, they mean they tailor objects to suit a destined setting. But in Bosco Sodi’s lingo, the term refers instead to his artworks’ origins. Sodi travels constantly between four far-flung studios—in Barcelona, Berlin, Brooklyn, and his native Mexico—each of which, he says, provides a unique climate and local materials that give his pieces environmental individuality.

Sodi builds massive, ecstatically colored, quasi-sculptural paintings through a singular process: In a marathon 24-hour-plus session, he dumps as much as a thousand pounds of a sludge made of sawdust, pigment, water, and glue atop the canvas by hand. Then he lets it dry. Over time (20 days in his arid Mexican beach studio, two and a half months in New York’s humidity), the surface solidifies and cracks like cooling lava. Factors such as artificial heat in winter and the type of wood used for the sawdust affect the rhythm of the cracking. “I like that variation, chance,” he says. “I don’t like control. When it gets predictable, it gets boring.”

Boring this work is not. Though he acknowledges that his pieces teeter on the edge of decorative, Sodi insists that “simple is still beautiful” and disdains overly conceptual art. His paintings are nevertheless completely contemporary in their ability to abstractly evoke both nature and decay; in their gentle needling of minimalist conventions; and in their art-historical references (especially to Antoni Tàpies, another materials devotee).

Since moving his home base to Brooklyn from Barcelona only two years ago, Sodi, already well-known in Europe and Japan, has had an impressive debut at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and signed with the Pace Gallery, which will give him a major exhibition this month.

Staying in New York for the run of the show won’t be easy, however. Sodi’s peripatetic lifestyle may contribute to his self-diagnosed ADD, but being back in one of his studios serves as therapy. “The only time I can rest my mind,” he says, “is when I’m painting.”

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