Artist
Pablo Vargas Lugo
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Ovipositor
Concrete, steel, MDF
1300 x 330 x 240 cm
2017

A concrete pole of brutalist and functional design, an inert support whose dissemination through the territory announces the penetration of the vertigo of energy and data. Placed in the gallery like a missile, the heavy pole acts both as a charade of aggression and as a reproductive organ; its destructive or pregnant load pointing to the celestial bodies that rush to hide under the horizon.

Quipu 13
Gouache on paper
175 x 115 cm
2014

The word quipu in this installation and these drawings refers not to the ones that were made by Andean cultures to act as accounting instruments, but rather to designate the diagram that represents the situation of our solar system in the graphic message that Carl Sagan, Linda Salzman and Frank Drake designed to accompany the probe Pioneer on its interstellar voyage. The similarity between the encoding of said diagram and the latest academic theories about the interpretation of quipus gives rise to the intersection of both technological horizons.

Quipus
Installation view
2014

The word quipu in this installation and these drawings refers not to the ones that were made by Andean cultures to act as accounting instruments, but rather to designate the diagram that represents the situation of our solar system in the graphic message that Carl Sagan, Linda Salzman and Frank Drake designed to accompany the probe Pioneer on its interstellar voyage. The similarity between the encoding of said diagram and the latest academic theories about the interpretation of quipus gives rise to the intersection of both technological horizons.

New (neotropical) vexilology (Xylophanes staudingierii)
Gouache on paper
22x11 cm
2013

In the series of paintings entitled New (neotropical) vexilology the patterns of nearly a hundred, mostly South American, lepidopterans are translated to the format of a series of flags. The dissonance between the values, the ideals, and the historical narratives manifested in the language of the national flags, together with the expression of genetic and environmental characteristics in the exotic, cryptic language of a natural pattern, are resolved as a superimposition between the biological and the cultural.

Mariposario
80 flags
Dimensions variable
2011-2014

Butterfly garden is an installation comprising more than 80 flags based based on the butterfly wing paintings of the New vexilology series. The flags can be displayed in a variety of situations and environments.

Stone garden (Caligo eurilochus)
Installation view
Stones and colored sand
2014

Eclipses para Cholula
Installation sound
2014

The second installment of the Eclipses series took place in the archeological site of Cholula in Puebla, Mexico. A group of 300 students from a local school performed card stunts representing the eclipses of 2291, 2521, 2837, 2938 and 2983 as they will be seen from the steps of the pyramid of Cholula.

Nuevas banderas
Collage
19 x 23.3 cm
2010

Fortuna (Orion, Lepus, Columba
Felt, coins and chinese
ink on wood
220 x 150 cm
2008

Cartographically precise, the series Fortunas traces its stellar maps with antique coins from the artist’s personal collection. Here, parts of distant galaxies appear on surfaces of felt, playing with the idea of Fortune both in its minted form and as that which, according to astrology, is written in the stars and determines the day-to-day course of events. These pieces refer us simultaneously to two distinct postures that generally inform approaches to outer space: on one hand what we have are stellar maps proper to modern science, while on the other is a link to the originary knowledge that associated the positions of the stars with good or evil auguries.

Banqueta (estrella)
Structure of MDF with cement coating
302 x 309 x 23 cm
2003

The sidewalk pieces lay on the exhibition room floors, representing broken pavement, as if responding to some slow geological force, and with that fragmentation they look like a view of defrosting earth and continental formations, with the constant idea of order and direction tore apart, but still capable of maintaining cohesion.

Visión antiderrapante
Polished concrete
2002

This installation, comprising over 16000 pyramids of different sizes, confuses the monumentality and transcendence associated with pyramidal constructions with the ordinariness of a suburban sprawl rising from the concrete floor of the gallery space.

Naked Boeing Mandala
Acrylic and pigments
Dimensions variable
1998

Pablo Vargas Lugo’s collages, object and installations follow an analytical logic concealing its meaning. [...] At the same time, the enigma suggests a simple trick: in his reference to a Lufthansa plane crash in Naked Boeing Mandala (1998), the artist introduces an element of humor that implies a simple visual incident rather than a tragic accident - an object bearing the German airliner’s name and logo, shedding its pigments.

Bio

Mexico City, 1968
Lives and works en México.

The work of Pablo Vargas Lugo takes elements from various disciplines, such as astronomy, cartography or archaeology. Making drawings, sculptures, paintings and installations, he develops visual and conceptual games that refer to language, to measurement conventions, to millenary traditions.

Combining the super-flat quality of the paper with tri-dimensional notions, Vargas Lugo explores the mystery element that lies in writing, the inscription of a word, of a stellar map, of a landscape, or of that which takes us to ancient ideas of sacred. Through the use of humor, his images transform these cultural conventions into mundane elements, closer to us, at the same time common and extraordinary.

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Exhibitions
Historis OdiusSep 01, 2010
LABOR, LABOR.Nov 01, 2009
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