We paid a visit to Sandro Bosi at his Orchard Street gallery space yesterday morning for a preview of an unusual exhibition opening tonight. “Soto Unearthed: A 1968 Film & Selected Early Works” offers a rare glimpse at an intriguing body of work that hasn’t been seen publicly for 40 years.
Bosi discovered the film in the Italian archives three years ago, while conducting research on the Venezuelan kinetic artist Jesus Rafael Soto. The film was created as a promotional element for a show at the former Marlborough Gallery in Italy. The exhibition at Bosi Contemporary on the Lower East Side includes five other Soto pieces created between 1968-1971. All of the pieces have been crated up for many years; Bosi tracked each down through individual collectors.
The sculptures are interactive in nature. Yesterday Bosi literally walked through one of the pieces (see photo above) to demonstrate Soto’s exploration of sound, space, music and movement. Bosi noted that the exhibition, historical in nature, might seem a bit unusual for the Lower East Side, where galleries tend to be focused on contemporary, emerging artists. But he’s of the view that the Soto pieces are as relevant today as they were four decades ago, and really in keeping with the spirit of experimentation in this neighborhood.
The opening takes place from 6-9 p.m. at Bosi Contemporary, 48 Orchard Street. The exhibition will be on view through December 2.