“Opening its program under the new direction of Paola Santoscoy, the Experimental Museum El Eco opened with two solo exhibitions. Both are Mexican and work in their own way with the procedural condition of the work of art; the pieces commissioned from Pablo Vargas Lugo (1968) and Miguel Monroy (1975) force the viewer to question the possible conceptual and formal relationships anticipated by their joint selection.
In the main space of this “habitable sculpture” designed by Mathias Goertiz, Pablo Vargas Lugo presents with lucid sensitivity his first exhibition on his return to Mexico (after three years of living in Lima, Peru). The work Intemperie corresponds to a sequence of mandala-pieces in which the artist has used the meditative-aesthetic technique of drawing with sand that has become Buddhism (even though it was also formerly worked by Mesoamerican cultures with grains, seeds and petals). His first mandala (OPA, Guadalajara, 2007) confessed his recent epistemological passion for the formal configurations that the struggle of forces in the development of the species has configured on the wings of butterflies. In this site-specific installation, Vargas Lugo extended the visual record of a butterfly wing on its (dis) materialization as if it were a gigantic (11 x 9 m) and delicate evolutionary biomap whose persistence, as well as its finiteness, remained inscribed in the consistency and conditions of its own materiality.”