Enter the artist’s studio with Bosco Sodi to watch him create his alchemical paintings

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To an outside observer, creating a work of art may seem like a magical process, with the artist imagining a concept and then transmuting it from pure ether into a tangible, inspired object. But while the artwork may seem effortless when viewed in its finished form, it is actually the product of trial and error, honed skill, experience, and in many cases , a significant physical effort, all taking place in the private laboratory which is the artist’s studio. Today, artnet News has teamed up with Dobel Tequila to present the ‘In the Studio’ series, providing rare insight into this mysterious process using 360-degree video technology. We have chosen artists who combine technical virtuosity and a relentless appetite for invention. Each has mastered a seemingly traditional medium – from painting to weaving to drawing – in order to take them to an entirely new place.

Artist Bosco Sodi makes paintings that are less conceptual than geological, fusing simple materials in a way that can resemble the cracked surface of a parched river bed, the boulders of a mossy rock face, or even a lava flow. incandescent lava. Born in Mexico City and based between there and New York, Barcelona and Berlin (which gives you an idea of ​​his demand as an artist), Sodi creates his work through a complicated process of laying a canvas on the canvas. back. then gradually applying sedimentary strata of sawdust, natural fibers, vivid pigments and liquid until over time they accumulate into a vibrant mass protruding from the frame.

The artist, whose work reflects influences ranging from informal art and Antoni Tàpies to the vibrant colors of Mexico, has leveraged her success to create opportunities for a whole new generation of artists in her homeland: in 2014, Sodi created the Fundación Casa Wabi, an artist residency designed by Tadao Ando on the Oaxacan coast where clay and cinema programs are offered in a spirit of engagement with the local community.

Here, watch a 360-degree video of the artist at work, watching his unique paintings form, layer by layer, drip. (Water is a key element in his process, as its presence determines the degree of cracks on the surface of a work.) Next, read an interview with the artist in which he explains how he approaches the creation of his art. .

Bosco Sodi, Untitled (2018). Courtesy of the artist and the Kasmin Gallery. Photograph by Diego Flores.

You create your paintings by laying the canvas on its back, then pouring layers of pigments and other materials into it to create richly colored surfaces marked by fascinating topography, like the floor of an ancient cave. How would you describe your unique way of working?

I developed my technique through a lot of research and experimentation, it’s a very physical way of working, with constant contact between myself and the materials and the elements. There is always an intense energy exchange between the work and myself.

What are the ingredients of the artwork you create in the video?

I always work with the same materials: sawdust, raw pigment and organic fibers. I like to do my own paint mix, as you can see in the video.

Tell me about the piece you are currently working on, what is it and is it intended for a particular show or destination?

The artwork is from a new series called “Genesis” which talks about duality in life – all paintings are in black and white. I’m doing the painting for my next exhibition at Blain | Southern in London which opens on January 29th — either this one or the one at Galería Hilario Galguera in Mexico which opens on February 5th. They still have to come and choose.

Bosco Sodi, Organic Blue (2009). Courtesy of the artist.

You sometimes work on a large scale. What’s the biggest room you’ve ever made and where is it now?

It’s in the collection of the Fundación Jumex in Mexico City, and it’s a large blue painting called ORGANIC BLUE which is 12 feet high by 36 feet long.

What are the most essential items in your studio?

My raw pigments, which I buy wholesale; good canvas; various types of sawdust; and plenty of space to work.

Bosco Sodi, Untitled (2014). Photograph by Kevin Kunstadt, New York.

When do you like going to your studio? So what’s the first thing you do when you arrive, and why?

Normally I go there early in the morning, and the first thing I do is look at how the paintings have evolved from the day before, how they have changed on their own. After that, I start working again.

What atmosphere do you prefer when you work?

I don’t like working with assistants, I like to do everything myself, from stretching the canvas to mixing to painting of course. I love music, but normally when I paint I prefer total silence and total solitude.

Installation view of Bosco Sodi’s Caryatids at the Kasmin gallery. November 2, 2017 – January 6, 2018. Photograph by Diego Flores.

How do you know when a work is finished?

It is difficult to explain. It comes from within… you just know.

When you feel stuck in the studio, what do you do to get out of it?

I spend time with my family or read a book. I like going to the movies too.

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