Kyoto - 13 April 2012 - 26 May 2012
Bosco Sodi - Iro Miede
Taka Ishii Gallery Kyoto is pleased to present "Iro Miede", an exhibition of new works by Bosco Sodi, an internationally-exhibiting artist based in New York, Barcelona, Berlin, and Mexico. Born in Mexico in 1970, Sodi has had solo exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York, 2010) and The Pace Gallery (New York, 2011). "Iro Miede" features six paintings made using organic materials in Sodi's signature style. The artist has provided the following text and waka poem by Onono Komachi, translated by Arthur Waley, for the exhibition.
Iro miede - A thing which fades
Utsurou mono wa - With no outward sign
Yo no naka no - Is the flower
Hito no kokoro no - Of the heart of man
Hana ni zo arikeru - In this world !
Ono No Komachi
Translated by Arthur Waley
"In this show, I want to approach the cherry blossom as a symbol of life's physical transience and to show how the sakura reminds us of our humanity and mortality.
In this series of white/pink paintings, I use a light-sensitive pink pigment which will become white through the years; allowing for the paintings' final transformation to be completely white. In this way, I highlight the blossom's symbol for life. In the end, I want to emphasize a profound truth: that life is too short to squander." (Bosco Sodi)
Sodi has a strong interest in non-artificial organic materials and mixes sawdust, wood pulp, and natural fibers with unadulterated pigments, glue, and water and works with them using his bare hands on horizontally positioned canvases. He views the production process as an exchange with the materials; his paintings are produced through a combination of several days of physical work and organic and unpredictable changes in the material itself. The artist mixes pigments into the material instead of applying them to the surface of his works to give form to the vibrant energy that resides within organic matter and nature. As the material dries out, they crack and create changes in color and texture. The resulting works exude a singular atmosphere and overwhelming presence.