The exhibition features the artist’s volcanic rock sculptures and large-scale impasto paintings made with layers of pure pigment, water, glue and natural fibres. Sodi’s relationship with crude raw materials and the constituent elements of nature draws from wabi-sabi, a Japanese aesthetic philosophy that embraces imperfection and reveres natural authenticity above all.
Also on view will be archive material and elements from Muro, the artist’s first public installation in New York. Shown in September 2017, Muro was 2-meter high by 8-meter long wall, constructed with clay timbers that Sodi invited the public to help tear down.
Speaking to the New York Times about the political context for the project he said, ‘I wanted to create a wall made by Mexicans with Mexican earth...’ and added that many of the people with whom he fired the clay timbers had entered the United States illegally at some point in their lives.
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