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Galería Hilario Galguera is pleased to present Mexican artist Bosco Sodi’s solo exhibition Alabanzas (translated to Praise) which opens on Tuesday 7th of February corresponding with ZsONAMACO 2023.

The exhibition includes a selection of pictorial and sculptural pieces, along with his most recent work; an assemblage of 8 sacks and 3 golden spheres presented in the final gallery of Galeria Hilario Galguera. The burlap sacks use for the first time a gold leaf pigment and the clay spheres have a golden coating. Each of the circles of the sacks relates to the proportions of the spheres, resulting in the creation of a harmonious space, based on the spatial geometry that is generated by the dialogue between the pieces.

Alabanzas brings to conversation the essence of our human condition; recognizing our terrestrial bond and at the same time, acknowledging a sacred part of us. The artworks present an energy of their own, a gravitational force that communicates with the viewer, evoking the unbreakable bond we have with our environment. The journey through the exhibition begins with an organic atmosphere, worshiping and paying tribute to nature, while the golden pieces stand out, acknowledging the spirituality that has accompanied us since ancient times, in a quasi-religious manifestation.

In his work, Sodi seeks to highlight the expression of materials, embracing imperfection, unpredictability and the lack of control that comes with the autonomy of nature; a reflection of the veracity of existence. His signature paintings are created by hand layering a mixture of pigment, sawdust, glue and water on canvas, which in the drying process assumes a form of its own, creating additional cracks and textures independently. The lines between painting and sculpture begin to fade. The corporeality of the works come to life through their form, and are finished with a ripping gesture created by the artist reminiscent of Lucio Fontana’s actions to transform the pictorial space. Sodi manages to represent the human presence within works that seem to have been created by nature itself and at the same time opens the way to the depth of the painting.

The artist recognizes clay as an element that creates a universal bond, a material that has been a fundamental part of all civilizations, accompanying human beings in their evolution. This historical representation of the material is complemented by the philosophical and Art History aspects that have influenced Bosco Sodi’s practice, such as the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi (which values impermanence and imperfection) and arte povera in Italy, to name a few. Resulting in an epitome of the infrangible essence that has accompanied humankind up to contemporary times.

Alabanzas is Bosco Sodi’s fourth solo exhibition at Galería Hilario Galguera, exhibiting first with Hilario Galguera in 2011. The exhibition coincides with the opening of Sodi’s new studio which also opens on Tuesday 7th February in Mexico City. Designed by Alberto Kalach, the studio is a further extension of Casa Wabi- the artist residency and home to Sodi’s art studio on the Oaxacan coast close to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.

In 2022, Bosco Sodi presented his solo exhibition What Goes Around Comes Around as an official collateral event of the Venice Biennale with Fondazione dell’Albero d’Oro. He has exhibited individually on an international scale in places such as University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, USA (2022); Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA (2021); Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain (2020); Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago, Chile (2018); and Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City, Mexico (2017), to name a few. He has participated in group exhibitions at venues such as Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico (2022); The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA (2021); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2021); and Shimonoseki City Art Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan (2020), among others.

His work is part of more than 40 public and private collections including:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan Augusto Perfetti Collection
Contemporary Art Collection of the Amister Hotel, Barcelona, Spain Dallas Museum of Art, USA

De la Cruz Collection, Puerto Rico
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, USA
Deutsche Bank, New York, USA
Esencies Collection, Ernesto Ventós Omedas Collection, Barcelona, Spain -ESPAC Collection, Mexico City, Mexico Football Club Barcelona Foundation, Spain
Gateway Foundation, Missouri, USA
Godia Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi, Japan
Harold Stream Collection
Harvard Art Museums, Massachusetts, USA
IBM Building, New York, USA
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Irene Cábez- Ignacio Muñoz Collection, Spain
JUMEX Collection, Mexico City, Mexico
Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee, USA
Kum and Go Collection, Des Moines, USA
Lhoist Group Collection, Limelette, Belgium
Luis Barragán Foundation (Vitra Museum) Switzerland.
Mestre Collection, Barcelona, Spain
MIAAO (Museo Internacional del Arte Aplicada Oggi) Torino, Italy -Mostyn Art Gallery, Wales, United Kingdom Murder Me Collection, London, UK
Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany
Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium
Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands
Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
Nasher Sculpture Center, Texas, USA
New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana, USA
Taguchi Art Collection, Japan
The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan
The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., USA
The Scottish National Gallery of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, USA
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut, USA
Walker Art Center, Minnesota, USA

Alabanzas, 2022 will open with a private viewing on February 7 and will remain open until April 7, 2023.

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