On May 31, 2019, Street Levels Gallery opened its doors for Mìles’ first solo exhibition in Florence: “in girum imus nocte et consumimur igni”. The Latin title refers to the nocturnal flight of moths, which are attracted by the light of the fire in a dance that inevitably leads them to burn themselves. Mìles thus interprets the sense of risk, the search for the light that penetrates the darkness, the burning fire that attracts and consumes.
It is this instinctive and primal experience that connects the journey of the moth and the work of an artist.
Portraits of inmates, sacred images, anthropomorphic representations come together in the painful kaleidoscope of works on display, all traversed by a common chromatic thread and the desire to explore the soul in its most latent drives. The blue of the canvases, sometimes overbearing and violent, sometimes soft and suffused, becomes dense with metaphors and meanings, and accompanies the viewer in a precise and merciless analysis of existence.
The works exhibited testify to the sensitivity of the artist himself, who reveals himself through the languages and themes that are close to his heart: the meeting of instinct and reason, the intersection of dream and reality, the communion of man and animal, the unexpected dialogue between opposites that, in the poetics of Mìles, make life a dialectical experience that can only be resolved when the fire ignites it.
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