Collateral event of the 59th international art exhibition La Biennale di VeneziaPALAZZO VENDRAMIN GRIMANI
23 APRIL – 27 NOVEMBER 2022
On the occasion of the Art Biennale 2022, Fondazione dell’Albero d’Oro will present a new project by Mexican artist Bosco Sodi at Palazzo Vendramin Grimani, located on the Grand Canal in the center of Venice, Italy from 23 April until 27 November 2022. Curated by Daniela Ferretti and Dakin Hart, the solo exhibition dedicated to Sodi’s painting and sculpture titled Bosco Sodi a Palazzo Vendramin Grimani What Goes Around Comes Around will be preceded by a period of residency by the artist on site at the palazzo.

The careful selection and use of precious pigments are one of the characteristics of Sodi’s art: some of them have a rich historical background. Among those, the pigment derived from cochineal is a fitting example. Before the invention of synthetic pigments, the colour obtained from cochineal was the international standard for red. The luxurious red fabrics that dot Titian’s canvases are, quite literally, appropriations from the Americas. Cochineal, which is still produced in Oaxaca (Mexico), has recently seen an increase in demand, thanks to the growing demand for natural pigments.

In the installation for Palazzo Vendramin Grimani, visitors will witness an abrupt reversal of that ancient flow of trade between Europe and the Americas. The opulent interiors of merchant houses like Palazzo Vendramin Grimani preserve the memory of what was, historically, a one-way flow of materials. Sodi’s temporary occupation of the palazzo’s walls and floors with works closely linked to the material instinct that produces them will lead to a sort of ‘revenge’ of all that is raw, unprocessed.

© Kasmin, New York; Axel Verwoordt, Antwerp and König, Berlin
© Images Laziz Hamani
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Bosco Sodi (b. 1970 in Mexico City, Mexico) lives and works in New York City, USA, and Oaxaca, Mexico.

He is known for his richly textured, vividly colored large-scale paintings. Sodi has discovered an emotive power within the essential crudeness of the materials that he uses to execute his paintings. Focusing on material exploration, creative gesture, and the spiritual connection between the artist and his work, Sodi seeks to transcend conceptual barriers. “Explanations about my work represent the biggest obstacle to its experience: words become hollow and obsolete. The intention of my work is to be observed and experienced.”, Bosco ...
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