until 27.08. | #0612ARTatBerlin | Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin presents from the 7th Juli 2016 the artist Bosco Sodi with the exhibition Cubes.
It starts with a simple idea: massive cubes of clay, half a meter high. Bosco Sodi’s new sculptures, cubes of fired clay stacked in high columns, on view from 7 July to 27 August in the Berlin gallery EIGEN + ART, shouldn’t function at all in these dimensions. They ought to have exploded while being fired; too great is the force of extreme heat that is released in the material – sand, earth, and water. Bosco Sodi refused to be dissuaded and began his experiment. In his studio on the Pacific coast of Mexico, he worked for several months creating the cubes, from preparing and compounding the material through layering and forming to drying and firing them. He experimented with various fuels, like coconut shells and wood, and observed the effects on the form, surface, and color. Even the kiln in which the cubes were fired for 24 hours was built especially for this purpose from clay bricks, using the method people have used for several thousand years when working with ceramics.
In the end stands the ideal form: a symmetrical cube with six equal sides, something that doesn’t exist in nature and that only humans can produce, but made entirely of organic materials, produced through the interaction of all four elements. Each cube bears the traces of the work process, some with more and some with fewer fissures, the corners slightly warped, the hues shimmering, depending on what material was used in the firing process. Each cube tells the story of its creation.
Bosco Sodi’s work is closely interwoven with the Japanese concept of wabi sabi. In this aesthetic philosophy, beauty does not lie in external glamor, but in the “imperfect”, in simplicity, the patina, and the fine cracks in the surface of a perfect picture.
Extract of the press release, Leonie Pfennig
Vernissage: Thursday, 7th July 2016, 5 – 9 p.m.
Exhibition period: Thursday, 7th July to Saturday, 27th August 2016Zur Galerie EIGEN + ART
Image caption: Bosco Sodi, Cubes, Foto: Michel Zabé
Exhibition Bosco Sodi – Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin – Kunst in Berlin ART at Berlin