Selected works by Miler Lagos

Miler Lagos
Fragmentos del Tiempo (Fragments of the Time)

2012

Piled and carved newspaper

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In Miler Lagos’s work, time runs backwards. The title of his work alone - Fragments of Time - suggests an attempt on the artist’s part to slow things down, but the form of the work itself goes further still: these are branch-like forms composed entirely of sheets of newspaper, densely stacked together and sanded at the edges, which generates both a mottled, trunk-like surface and a wood effect colour. Lagos’ work enacts both a fantasy of return (the paper turning back into its natural source material) and a parody of it: these broken branches are, after all, dead, and their listless slumping has something of the exhausted body about it, something worn-out. The density of the work’s structure recalls, in cross-section, the striations of cut wood, and points out the uselessness of the dated news stories contained within - these can’t be read, but they wouldn’t be, anyway.

Where the branches stop, the newspaper - a Colombian daily called El Tiempo, from which the title’s pun springs - is revealed, in thin slices, like a preserved sausage. Fragments of photographs appear, or half-legible headlines. What the thin lines of text most strikingly evoke, though, are the rings within tree trunks - which, of course, point to its age. Time, here, is measured not in organic growth, but in the reception of information. Set against the impassivity and quiet nobility of natural forms, this is a quiet critique of a contemporary world drowning in unprocessed information; little wonder there’s a sadness in these idling forms, scattered in our path.

Text by Ben Street


Miler Lagos's Biography

Miler Lagos
Born in 1973, Bogotテ。, Colombia
Lives and works in Bogotテ。, Colombia



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Home, Magnan Metz Gallery, New York, EUA.

2010
Cuarto Menguante, Cテ。mara de Comercio de Bogotテ。
Red de Salas de Exposiciテウn Artecテ。mara, Curada por Maria Iovino, Bogota, Colombia.
Naturaleza Indomable, Ignacio Liprandi Arte contemporテ。neo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Harmonizing Forces, AB Projects, Toronto, Canada.
Vista en Planta, Valparaテュso: Intervenciones, Curadurテュa Josテゥ Roca y Jorge Diez, Chile.
Silence Dogood, Philagrafika, Arthur Ross Gallery. Curadurテュa Josテゥ Roca, Filadelfia, EUA.

2009
Nacidos antes de窶ヲ, Alianza Francesa de Cali, Cali, Colombia.
Clap, Centro Colombo-Americano de Bogotテ。, en colaboraciテウn con Nerdbots, Bogotテ。,Colombia.
Naturaleza Grテ。fica, Solo Project 2ツェ TRIENAL POLI/GRテ:ICA de San Juan, Amテゥrica
Latina y Caribe. Curada por Adriano Pedrosa , San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Attraction, Galerテュa Faria-Fabregas, Caracas, Venezuela.

2008
Semillas Mテ。gicas. Galerテュa Enrique Guerrero, Mテゥxico D.F, Mテゥxico.
El Papel lo Aguanta Todo, Galerテュa Nueveochenta Arte Contemporテ。neo, Bogotテ。, Colombia.

2007
Cimiento, Centro cultural Universidad de Salamanca, Bogotテ。, Colombia.

2006
Levedad Insoportable, Artecテ。mara, Cテ。mara De Comercio de Bogotテ。, Bogotテ。,Colombia.
Los Tテゥrminos Del Juego, Alianza Colombo Francesa de Bogotテ。, Bogotテ。,Colombia.

2004
Inmersos, Sala De Exposiciones ASAB, Bogotテ。, Colombia.

2002
Niveles Soberanos, Galerテュa Valenzuela Y Klenner, Bogotテ。, Colombia


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Sounds Good. Location One, New York, EUA
Resurfaced. Magnan Metz Gallery, New York, EUA.
Un Territorio en Puntos Suspensivos窶ヲ.. Curadurテュa Jaime Cerテウn, Ankara y Estanbul,Turquテュa

2010
Biennial of he Americas, Denver, EUA.
Paralell Realities, Now contemporary art, Miami, EUA.
Waiting Room, curada por Alessandra Saviotti y Marianna Liosi, Faenza, Italia.
Valparaテュso: Intervenciones. Curadurテュa Josテゥ Roca, Valparaテュso, Chile.
Philagrafika, Arthur Ross Gallery. Curadurテュa Josテゥ Roca, Filadelfia, EUA.

2009
Everything has a name, or the potencial to be named, Gasworks, Londres, UK
Literary Forms, 2ツェ Trienal POLI/GRテ:ICA de San Juan, Amテゥrica Latina y Caribe. San Juan,
Puerto Rico. Curadurテュa Jens Joffmann
TRANz, Museo de Arte Moderno Bogotテ。, Colombia.

2008
Multiverse, Claremont Museum. Curadurテュa Pilar Tompkins, Los テ]geles, EUA.
Una Enciclopedia Para Toda la Familia, Museo de Antioquia, Medellテュn, Colombia
Historia Natural y Polテュtica. Conocimientos y representaciones de la naturaleza
americana, Biblioteca Luis テ]gel Arango, Bogotテ。, Colombia.
X. Galerテュa Nueveochenta Arte Contemporテ。neo, Bogotテ。, Colombia
Otras Floras, Galerテュa Nara Roeasler. Curada por Josテゥ Roca, Sao Paulo, Brasil.
Mentiras Verdaderas, Museo de Arte Moderno de Barranquilla, Barranquilla, Colombia.
Cinco Artistas Contemporテ。neos Colombianos, Casa del encuentro, Medellテュn, Colombia.

2007
III Salテウn de Arte Bidimensional, Fundaciテウn Gilberto Alzate Avendaテアo, Bogotテ。, Colombia.
4/4 Faria+Fテ。bregas Galerテュa. Caracas, Venezuela.
Inoxidable Neopop, Galerテュa Santa Fe Bogotテ。, Bogotテ。, Colombia.
The Intricate Journey, NGBK. Berlテュn, Alemania.
Mundial 2014, SOX 36. Berlテュn, Alemania
Al Agua, Nueveochenta Arte Contemporテ。neo. Bogotテ。, Colombia.

2006
Experimenta Colombia Artes Electrテウnicas, Bogotテ。, Cali, Medellテュn, Colombia.
40 Salテウn Nacional De Artistas, Archivo De Bogotテ。. Bogotテ。, Colombia.
Miradas de Quiebre, Club El Nogal. Bogotテ。, Colombia

2005
XI Salテウn Regional De Artistas Zona Centro, Claustro San Agustテュn, Tunja, Colombia.
Del Otro Mundo, Convenio Andrテゥs Bello, Bogotテ。.
Relacional, Galerテュa Santa Fe Y Sala Alterna, Centro Cultural Planetario De Bogotテ。. Bogotテ。,
Colombia.

2004
A*terisco 7, Streets of Deseo / Calles Del Desire, Bogotテ。-Liverpool.
Despuテゥs De La Pintura, Asab, Bogotテ。, Colombia.

2003
1er Salテウn De Arte Bidimensional, Fundaciテウn Gilberto Alzate Avendaテアo, Bogotテ。, Colombia
Still Life/ Naturaleza Muerta, Casa Republicana Biblioteca Luテュs テ]gel Arango, Bogotテ。, Colombia.

2002
VIII Bienal De Bogotテ。, Colectivo De Creaciテウn Plテ。stica, Bogotテ。, Colombia.
Portテ。til, Galerテュa De La Esa, Lorient, Francia.

2001
IV Bienal De Venecia, Barrio Venecia, Bogotテ。, Colombia.
Salones Locales, Alcaldテュa Mayor de Bogotテ。, Bogotテ。, Colombia.