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NEWSText: Aya Shomura

"Untitled", mixed media on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2015, Photo by Kevin Kunstadt

“Untitled”, mixed media on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2015, Photo by Kevin Kunstadt

At SCAI THE BATHHOUSE in Tokyo, Bosco Sodi’s solo exhibition “Rhus Verniciflua” is holding till October 10th. The exhibition entitled “Rhus Verniciflua” is the scientific name for urushi lacquer.

Bosco Sodi’s canvases are composed of natural substances such as wood and minerals. Incorporating flows of energy reminiscent of cracked soil and dense fluid magma, they conjure the geological memory of the earth. Having studied chemical engineering, Sodi ensures a firm grasp of materials by using his bare hands and also prefers direct engagement through making the physical substances of the work.

This exhibition showcases Sodi’s new body of works made from this material, which is profoundly rooted in Japanese culture. Inspired by the cultural background of Japan – the role of stones in Karesansui (Zen garden) or the effect of a foil in Japanese lacquerware – Sodi interprets Wabi-Sabi, the transient nature of all things. Through these referents, the artist recalls ancient and traditional aesthetics of Japan, through which he merges his art form.

Bosco Sodi “Rhus Verniciflua”
Date: September 11th – October 10th, 2015
Opening hour: 12:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Sundays, Mondays and National holidays)
Address: Kashiwayu-Ato, 6-1-23 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81(0)3-3821-1144

Text: Aya Shomura

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