Bosco Sodi

Artist Talk

May 20, 2019, 6:30 pm

In conjunction with his exhibition Topographies (on view at the Mexican Cultural Institute from May 9–June 29), artist Bosco Sodi will discuss his career and works at the Phillips. Sodi will also be in conversation with Vesela Sretenović, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Phillips Collection.

Spanning the Mexican Cultural Institute’s first floor galleries, Bosco Sodi: Topographies brings together the artist’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 the historic Mexican Cultural Institute. 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.