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In his free-standing, three-dimensional work, Sodi employs the systematic approach of minimalism but eschews the cold precision of industrial manufacturing, electing to use traditional vernacular methods that retain the essential character of the local elements of earth, water, air, and fire from which the sculptures are created. Sodi begins his sculptures by extracting raw earth, mixing it with water and sand to form clay. The clay is shaped and smoothed by hand into solid cubes that are left to air dry in the sun at his studio in Oaxaca, Mexico. Once cured, the cubes are fired in a traditional brick kiln with wood, jacaranda seeds and coconut shells, a process that imbues the cubes with varied terracotta hues, streaks of green and black, and surface fissures, giving each element a unique identity.
Sodi considers these works living sculptures—the surfaces are determined by the essential character of the materials and processes rather than the imposition of the artist’s will. His work is informed by the Japanese aesthetic notion of Wabi-sabi, where beauty is expressed in imperfection, transience and simplicity. Each earthen cube represents an essential geometry and a primary unit of mass. Stacked in columns, they imply a system of building that can be extended to myriad structural possibilities.
Bosco Sodi Biography
Sodi’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at a variety of museums in Europe, Japan, and North America, including The Bronx Museum, New York (2010); Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico (2012); and most recently the Museo Nacional de Arte and the Museo Anahuacalli in Mexico City (2017). His work is in the collection of notable museums, such as the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA; the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Des Moines Art Center; and the Colección JUMEX, Mexico City.
The artist currently lives and works in New York, Barcelona, Berlin, Mexico City, and Oaxaca.
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