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REVIEW

  • Zoltan Alexander

nº35 / BOSCO SODI / BLAIN SOUTHERN GALLERY / LONDON

Following Bosco Sodi's successful exhibition “Yügen” in 2016, three years later he returns to Blain Southern Gallery with "Heavens and the Earth”.






BRICK BY BRICK

Any kind of wall can be dismantled when society gets together”

Bosco Sodi



 


Interview by Zoltan Alexander with artist Bosco Sodi



 


Bosco Sodi at Blain Southern Gallery / © video by Zoltan Alexander ZOLTAN+MEDIA




Moving back to London a few years ago brought me skin-close to contemporary art galleries and artists. One of my favourite galleries Blain Southern Gallery presented “Yügen”, the first exhibition of renowned Brooklyn based Mexican artist, Bosco Sodi. I remember spending hours in the gallery getting lost in deep, engaging emotions.


Yügen” was based on the Japanese “wabi-sabi” aesthetic philosophy. He had painted the gallery’s walls Holy Cardinal Purple, hung his large-scale, cracked, earthy paintings and shouted … “Divino”! Sodi focused on highly textured, abstract, sculpture-like paintings with layers and layers of pigments, accentuated with silver and blue.


He brought volcanic rocks, magma from Celboruco, glazed them with gold, then carefully placed them throughout the gallery. The installation was exquisite. Materials transformed into art. It was a narrative journey of the object, a true voyage from a volcano to a London gallery.