Tripoli Gallery

Untitled, 2012
Mixed media on canvas
73 1/4 x 73 1/4" (186 x 186 cm)

Untitled, 2012
Mixed media on canvas
59 1/16 x 59 1/16" (150 x 150 cm)

Untitled, 2012
Mixed media on canvas
59 1/16 x 59 1/16" (150 x 150 cm)

Untitled, 2012
Mixed media on canvas
59 1/16 x 59 1/16" (150 x 150 cm)

Untitled (Red/Orange), 2012
Ceramic glaze over volcanic rock
27 9/16 x 33 7/16 x 17 11/16" (70 x 85 x 45 cm)

Untitled (Red/Orange), 2012
Ceramic glaze over volcanic rock
27 9/16 x 33 7/16 x 17 11/16" (70 x 85 x 45 cm)

Instillation view,

Instillation view at private residence,

ZnO

Bosco Sodi

July 14 ‐ August 12, 2012

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NEW YORK, May 2, 2012—Pace and Tripoli Gallery are pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings and sculpture by Mexican artist Bosco Sodi. The exhibition, entitled ZnO, will be presented at Tripoli Gallery, 30A Jobs Lane, Southampton, New York, from July 14 through August 12, 2012.

The exhibition at Tripoli Gallery coincides with Sodi’s first travelling museum exhibition, Bosco Sodi: Croatia, on view at the Museo de San Ildefonso, Mexico City through July 15, after which it will travel to the Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños, Mexico; and the Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico (December 2, 2012 – March 5, 2013).

At Tripoli Gallery, Sodi will present a group of recent paintings created using his signature technique of building pure pigment, sawdust, wood pulp, natural fibers, water, and glue to form a heavily encrusted surface that dries into a monochromatic primordial landscape. Whereas Sodi’s previous explorations have ranged in color and saturation from vivid pink and deep blue to fiery red and even black, these works will be pure white, a result of using the inorganic compound zinc oxide. The terrestrial surface of each painting is built up by hand over the course of one or two days, a strenuous physical process that he describes as “a continuous action, like a performance.” As each painting dries, hundreds of tiny cracks and larger fissures split the organic materials of the surface to create a sculptural relief on the canvas. Though Sodi’s initial method of creation is controlled and concentrated, the drying is a multi-week process influenced by factors beyond his control including climate, altitude, and water density, which vary depending on whether Sodi creates the works in his New York, Berlin, Barcelona, or Mexico City studios.

Sodi will also present a new group of large-scale sculptures that continue his explorations of organic materials and pure color. The works, made from volcanic rocks, are glazed with intense layers of color and fired in a massive kiln in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Born in Mexico City in 1970, Bosco Sodi has been the subject of solo exhibitions worldwide, including a recent one-person show at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, which featured Pangaea, a monumental painting measuring 13 by 40 feet. Sodi’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including 590 Madison, New York; the De La Cruz Collection, Puerto Rico; Jumex Collection, Mexico DF; Godia Foundation, Barcelona; and MIAAO (Museo International del Arte Aplicada Oggi, Turin, among others.

For more information, please contact Tripoli Gallery at [email protected], or call 631.377.3715. 

Bosco Sodi
Untitled, 2012
Mixed media on canvas
73 1/4 x 73 1/4" (186 x 186 cm)

Bosco Sodi
Untitled, 2012
Mixed media on canvas
59 1/16 x 59 1/16" (150 x 150 cm)

Bosco Sodi
Untitled, 2012
Mixed media on canvas
59 1/16 x 59 1/16" (150 x 150 cm)

Bosco Sodi
Untitled, 2012
Mixed media on canvas
59 1/16 x 59 1/16" (150 x 150 cm)

Bosco Sodi
Untitled (Red/Orange), 2012
Ceramic glaze over volcanic rock
27 9/16 x 33 7/16 x 17 11/16" (70 x 85 x 45 cm)

Bosco Sodi
Untitled (Red/Orange), 2012
Ceramic glaze over volcanic rock
27 9/16 x 33 7/16 x 17 11/16" (70 x 85 x 45 cm)

Bosco Sodi
Instillation view,

Bosco Sodi
Instillation view at private residence,