Bosco Sodi "Ubi Sunt"

The Pace Gallery (545 W 22nd St)

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The Pace Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition of new work by Mexican-born artist Bosco Sodi, featuring twelve large-scale, monochromatic paintings created in 2011 in Sodi’s studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The twelve paintings on view in the exhibition—all created with Sodi’s signature use of pure pigment, sawdust, wood pulp, natural fibers, water, and glue—range in color and saturation from vivid pink, derived from sources in Mexico, India and Morocco, to deep blue, created with lapis lazuli or indigo from Mexico or India, to ink black, harvested from dyes or more immediate sources like carbon and sometimes even soot. Of his choice in materials, Sodi has said that “the energy that emanates from the organic matter is much stronger than that of other types of material, such as those created by man. That is an infinitely more intense dialogue with the soul. Of this type of matter we are composed and it is part of us.”

The title of Sodi’s exhibition, Ubi sunt, is a medieval Latin phrase meaning “Where are...?”, which can be understood as a meditation on mortality and life’s transience. In his catalogue essay, Matters of Memory and Material Intuition, Mark Gisbourne writes that Ubi sunt is an “engagement with a lamentation of what is past brought into the present.” Each of Sodi’s paintings is a summary of his memories and collective experiences, made present by an arduous and direct method of creating that demands his full physical and emotional participation. Ubi sunt is also a concept that reflects the phenomenological experience of Sodi’s art.

[Image: Bosco Sodi "Untitled (2011) mixed media on canvas 79 x 110 in.]



from December 09, 2011 to February 04, 2012


Bosco Sodi

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