Bosco Sodi

Heavens and Earth

‘It’s about embracing the accident, embracing the non-control, embracing the passing of time and working with organic materials.’ — Bosco Sodi

This signed, limited edition publication accompanies artist Bosco Sodi’s 2019 exhibition at Blain|Southern (London, 30 January – 23 March 2019).

In this new series of relief paintings, Sodi introduces, for the first time, a stark contrast between darkness and light, creating a dialogue between opposing forces. Sodi combines black and white pigments with glue and organic material, such as sawdust or natural fibres, introducing an element of impurity.

His relationship with these crude materials draws from wabi-sabi, a Japanese aesthetic philosophy that embraces imperfection and reveres natural authenticity above all.

The paintings are the outcome of an intensively physical process in which experimentation and chance play an important role. Laying the canvas horizontally, Sodi sculpturally layers his paint mixture by hand over several days, stopping at the first signs of cracking. He then gives the process over to time and the elements, as the work dries and fissures form across its surface.

Designed by A Practice for Everyday Life, with 12 silkscreen cover variations printed on textured paper, this volume contains reproductions of the works in the exhibition alongside reference images.

Featuring a text by Dr. Aaron Rosen, Professor of Religious Studies & Director of International and Cultural Projects at Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana.

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