Following meticulous and self-created methodologies, Gabriel de la Mora researches, collects, classifies, catalogs, and manipulates remarkably diverse materials. These materials are familiar, sourced from quotidian objects—his ongoing series The weight of thought, for example, repurposes leather and rubber shoe soles. de la Mora’s materials of choice are those often considered waste or residue: collected artifacts and antiques, obsolete mechanical and utilitarian objects, parts, corporeal matter, architectural scrap. Through these, the artist explores finitude and permanence, the passing of time, it’s bracketing, and the transformation of matter and energy alike. The formal outcome of these processes plays with pre-established notions of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Characterized by their visual potency, the resulting bodies of work complicate theoretical and historical art terms (the ready-made, the objet-trouvé, the monochrome, the peinture en plein air, among others). As such, they establish an ironic spin on the abstract and minimalist aesthetics and inquire about the ever-changing notion of painting as a phenomenon. Can painting originate itself with the passing of time and without any intervention from the artist’s hand? This apparent negation of painting and other ontological musings formulated by de la Mora’s oeuvre is extended to artistic practice at large: When is an artwork born and when does it reach its conclusion? What is the role of the artist within the creative act? Coupled with equally methodical and strict processes, Gabriel de la Mora has constituted a practice in which the role of the artist is not to create nor to destroy, but to transform.

Gabriel de la Mora was born on September 23, 1968 in Mexico City, where he lives and works. He earned an MFA in Painting (2001-03) from Pratt Institute, NY and a BFA in Architecture (1987-91) from Universidad Anáhuac del Norte, Mexico City. He has been a Fulbright García-Robles grant recipient, a grantee from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, and a member of the National System of Creators-FONCA (2013-15), Mexico.

His work is part of public and private collections in Mexico and abroad, among them: Fundación/Colección JUMEX, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Internacional Rufino Tamayo, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo-MUAC, and Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico; Museum of Contemporary Art-MOCA, Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; El Museo del Barrio, NYC, NY; Albright-Knox, Buffalo, NY; Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY; Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela; Colección Banco de la República and Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Bogotá; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano-MALBA, Buenos Aires.

He is represented by  PROYECTOSMONCLOVA  (Mexico City), Timothy Taylor (London), Sicardi Ayers Bacino (Houston) and PERROTIN (Paris, New York, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong).

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Gabriel de la Mora @ Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 / PERROTIN Booth F22

Nov.24.2021

Takashi Murakami, Daniel Arsham, Maurizio Cattelan, Cristina BanBan, Kathia St. Hilaire, Tavares Strachan, Jason Boyd Kinsella, Iván Argote, Mathilde Denize, Jens Fänge, Bernard Frize, Thilo Heinzmann, John Henderson, Leslie Hewitt, JR, Izumi Kato, Gabriel de la Mora, Danielle Orchard, Jean Michel Othoniel, GaHee Park, Paola Pivi, Gabriel Rico, Josh Sperling, Hans Hartung, Georges Mathieu, Jesús Rafael Soto.

11.30 – 12.4.2021
 Miami Beach Convention Center
https://www.artbasel.com/miami-beach

Gabriel de la Mora @ “Snow falls behind the mountains” / “Schnee fällt hinterm Berge”

Curated by Gregor Hildebrandt

Johannes Albers, Olivia Berckemeyer, Matthias Bitzer, Lynda Benglis, John Bock, Björn Dahlem, Amélie Esterházy, Andi Fischer, Bernard Frize, Gabriel de la Mora, Axel Geis, Raimund Girke, Gregor Hildebrandt, Leiko Ikemura, Caro Jost, Manuel Kirsch, Jürgen Krause, Alicja Kwade, Florian Meisenberg, Isa Melsheimer, Olaf Metzel, Gerold Miller, Manfred Pernice, Gerd Rohling, Anselm Reyle, Robert Ryman, Michael Sailstorfer, Karin Sander, Erik Schmidt, Chris Succo, Milen Till, John Torreano, Jorinde Voigt, Wiebke Maria Wachmann, Tomas Zipp.

Opening 11.25.2021 / 5 PM

Avlskarl Gallery
Bredgade 28 1260 Copenhagen K, Phone: +45 24 67 97 24, art@avlskarl.com

https://avlskarl.com/

Gregor Hildebrandt on “Schnee fällt hinterm Berge” “Morten asked if I would be interested in creating a show in his gallery. I was really looking forward to doing this kind of group show with works that are interesting for me. The idea comes from a private collection in my home that I am running together with my partner. There is this one room, where we also sleep, where we have mostly white works. It started by accident with some paper pieces by Jürgen Krause and Jorinde Voigt. Then, we found out the pieces were mostly white, and I started to collect more white works, like ones by Gabriel de la Mora and a paper piece by Robert Berry. This was the starting point of the show, to create a group show with all white pieces.”

 

Gabriel de la Mora / Proyectos Monclova : I draw, therefore I think @ South South

Nov.16.2021

SOUTH SOUTH’s inaugural Curatorial Projects titled I draw, therefore I think is curated by artist and curator Jitish Kallat. This drawing project is prompted by Charles Darwin’s 1837 sketch ‘Tree of Life’ in which he scribbled down a framework for his speculations in his first “transmutation notebook”.

60 Artists
28 Galleries
29 Countries

One exhibition. Two ways to view.
I draw, therefore I think can be viewed as an artwork-led viewing room and an interactive Miro board produced in collaboration with the Open Window Institute, allowing for multiple forms of engagement throughout the project’s duration. On the Miro board your name and cursor will be visible on screen and you will be able to communicate and collaborate with others on the board.

https://south-south.art/ovr_artwork/gabriel-de-la-mora-2/

www.gabrieldelamora.com

www.proyectosmonclova.com

THE BLUES Online show @ PERROTIN

Nov.10.2021

Perrotin is pleased to present The Blues, an online exhibition bringing together 10 works, both new and historic, that pay homage to blue as an enduring symbol of the sublime.

Blue has a storied history — Vermeer sunk his family into debt as a result of his obsession with the prized pigment, and Michelangelo left his paintings unfinished when he couldn’t gather enough funds to acquire his desired blue. Yves Klein, however, released a thousand and one helium-filled blue balloons into the sky above Paris.

Today, we are pleased to present works by Gabriel De La Mora, Hans Hartung, John Henderson, Yves Klein, Julio Le Parc, Georges Mathieu, Shin Murata, Gregor Hildebrandt, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Xavier Veilhan that meditate on the eternal lure of blue.

 

 

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Gabriel de la Mora : Lepidoptera @ Perrotin New York

Oct.26.2021

NOVEMBER 3 – DECEMBER 23, 2021

https://leaflet.perrotin.com/view/173/lepidoptera

The Lepidoptera Demon

 Butterflies are known for their delicacy and discreet charm, qualities enhanced through a capacity to keep unnoticed: It is astounding how little an ordinary person notices butterflies.[1]

Despite their colorful wings, which fast and concise movements perhaps would only allow us to get a glimpse on the elaborate patterns, designs, and chromatic combinations that some species display. Like other organisms, butterflies are prone to mimicry. They can resemble a flower, a tree or look like fallen leaves in the northern autumn or in the tropical rain forest. Their unassumed beauty and familiarity can transform a solitary spot in a forest into a site for spiritual introspection and delight. It is not accidental that the angel of death was represented by the Gnostics as a winged foot stepping on a butterfly. Psyche, the Greek goddess represented through butterfly wings, prompted psychoanalysis’ interpretation of lepidoptera as symbols of resurgence.[2] Butterflies also dwell on Mesoamerican iconography, in particular the Mexica of Tenochtitlan, which considered them as the fleeting souls of deceased warriors.

Beyond the realms of natural sciences and entomology, lengthy literature on lepidoptera proves their aesthetic allure and symbolic potency as the paradoxical insects with wings that they are. From opera to social sculpture, butterflies inspired metaphoric interpretations that transcend the binary model of gender and sexuality as well as the polarities of life and death.[3] Martin Johnson Heade represented a Blue Morpho type in perhaps one of the most arresting paintings ever made of a living butterfly in which two of its wings, expose a singular iridescence while the other ones, slightly bent towards the left, were depicted in black as if they belong to the afterlife. The background shows a fantastic landscape that leads us to the equinoctial regions so keen to the nineteenth century art travelers influenced by Alexander von Humboldt.[4] But as Vladimir Nabokov observed, butterflies are largely unnoticed by people.  Nabokov, who suffered a severe pneumonia at a very young age, lost his “monstrous gift of numbers that had made me a child prodigy during a few months (today I cannot multiply 13 by 17 without a pencil and paper; I can add them up, though, in a trice, the teeth of the three fitting in neatly); but the butterflies survived (…)” According to the writer, a year later he “gained absolute control over the European lepidoptera as known to Hoffmann.”[5]

Intriguingly, artist Gabriel de la Mora showed an unusual disposition to play with language at a very young age. Comparable to Nabokov’s gift of numbers and his skills to solve complicated mathematical operations, which the Russian American writer characterized rather as “a demon”, de la Mora can read straightforwardly a sentence backwards and disorganize a word to compose an instant riddle. Dyslexia prompted him to perceive words as images, fragments in magnified dimensions: “cuando no entiendes la información que tienes enfrente o que escuchas, inmediatamente se convierten en imágenes, en fragmentos, en ruido, en sonidos y en un sinfín de cosas que no tienen nada que ver con la realidad de los contenidos o las cosas (…) Veo las letras y los números de una forma diferente, me fascinan ambos y siempre he visto a las letras, los números, las palabras y las matemáticas de una forma diferente.” [6]

De la Mora’s early works after graduating from the Pratt Institute were under the spell of language as a problem to be solved through visual forms and transitional objects. More recently, he dedicated his artistic investigation to renovate the language of modernist abstraction using bodily elements such as human hair for his Capilares non-representational drawings, and egg shelves, feathers, and butterfly wings to compose geometric, monochromatic, or hard-edge paintings.[7]

 

Gabriel de la Mora’s new Lepidoptera series composed of thirty-three works made of eight different species of butterflies, seem to complete a cycle of difference in which the artist merged modernist lessons by Joseph Albers with his own propensity to isolate fragments as compositional elements for transforming images into a scribbled discourse. If the Mexica mythologies added a cultural layer to De la Mora’s formal endeavor of bringing the opalescence of butterflies to abstract painting, their unnoticed beauty appealed as a language in which color always hides the nature of the element that you see. Mimicry is their “demon” or to put it in words by Roger Caillois: “it is not the presence of the elements what is perplexing and decisive, it is their mutual organization, their reciprocal topography.”[8]

Gabriela Rangel
Independent writer and curator based in Brooklyn

 

[1] Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory. An Autobiography Revisited. Vintage International, New York, 1989.

[2] J.E Cirlot, Diccionario de símbolos. Editorial Siruela, Madrid, 2011. p. 306-307

[3] It’s been stated that the Parangoles (wearable paintings) by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica were influenced by his collaboration as a research assistant to his father’s work as a distinguished entomologist. The young Oiticica classified specimens and performed other tasks.

[4] Blue Morpho Butterfly (1863-64), Christal Bridges Museum Collection.

[5] Op. Cit. 123

[6] Interview with the author. August 2021.

[7] De la Mora began using human hair in figurative drawings made in 2005. The works created a narrative with children. See: Sergio Rodríguez Blanco, Alegorías Capilares. Trilce Ediciones Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Instituto de Bellas Artes, Monterrey, México. 2011.

[8] Caillois, Roger, and John Shepley. “Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia.” October 31 (1984): 17–32. https://doi.org/10.2307/778354.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel de la Mora @ Break the Mold / North Carolina Museum of Art

Oct.01.2021

Artists: Sanford Biggers, Elizabeth Brim, Maria Britton, Julie Cockburn, Rodney McMillan, Rachel Meginnes, Katy Mixon, Gabriel de la Mora, Yasumasa Morimura, Thomas Schmidt, Shinique Smith, and Do Ho Suh, among others.

25 Septiembre 2021 – 6 Febrero 2022

North Carolina Museum of Art

East Building, Level B, Joyce W. Pope Gallery.
2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607

https://ncartmuseum.org/exhibition/break-the-mold-new-takes-on-traditional-art-making/

 

Gabriel de la Mora @ Colección JUMEX: Temperatura Ambiente

Sep.30.2021

 

Curada por la artista Sofía Táboas, Temperatura ambiente presenta 35 obras de la Colección Jumex para crear un viaje desde el sofocante calor del desierto hasta los espacios impersonales y con aire acondicionado de la vida contemporánea. Al ocupar el tercer piso del museo con videos, fotografías, instalaciones y esculturas de los siguientes artistas: Bas Jan Ader, Francis Alÿs, Kueng Caputo, Gregory Crewdson, Tacita Dean, Gabriel de la Mora, Ale de la Puente, Thomas Demand, Mark Dion, Olafur Eliasson, Elger Esser, Cyprien Gaillard, Andreas Gursky, Anthony Hernandez, Juan Fernando Herrán, Jim Hodges, Candida Höfer, Ann Veronica Janssens, Gabriel Kuri, Alicja Kwade, Luisa Lambri, Louise Lawler, Esko Männikkö, John McCracken, Richard Misrach, Thiago Rocha Pitta, George Stoll, Do Ho Suh, Salla Tykkä y Franz West, la exposición considera el calor poéticamente: cómo viaja a través del cuerpo, afectando experiencias y emociones, en el contexto del cambio climático global. Las diferencias de temperatura que representan las obras generan espacios de transición, estados intermedios y momentos de discrepancia.

Esta muestra crea un diálogo dentro del museo con Sofía Táboas: Gama térmica. Estas exposiciones complementarias exploran las relaciones entre las fuerzas humanas y naturales a través del trabajo de una artista individual y su perspectiva sobre el trabajo de sus contemporáneos.

Exposiciones organizadas por Kit Hammonds, curador en jefe y Adriana Kuri Alamillo y Cindy Peña, asistentes curatoriales, Museo Jumex.

https://www.fundacionjumex.org/es/exposiciones/203-coleccion-jumex-temperatura-ambiente 

https://www.fundacionjumex.org/es

Gabriel de la Mora @ The Armory Show / Proyectos Monclova / 09.09.2021 – 12.09.2021

Sep.10.2021

The Armory Show
09.09.2021 – 12.09.2021
Booth 340
Javits Center
429 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Gabriel de la Mora, James Benjamin Franklin, Yoshua Okón, Ángela Gurría, Ištvan Išt Huzjan, Edgar Orlaineta, Martín Soto Climent, Eduardo Terrazas.

www.proyectosmonclova.com

www.thearmoryshow.com

Gabriel de la Mora @ The Armory Show 2021 / PROYECTOS MONCLOVA / Booth 340 / 09.09.2021 – 12.09.2021

Sep.02.2021

09.09.2021 – 12.09.2021
Booth 340
Javits Center
429 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Gabriel de la Mora, James Benjamin Franklin, Yoshua Okón, Ángela Gurría, Ištvan Išt Huzjan, Edgar Orlaineta, Martín Soto Climent, Eduardo Terrazas

www.thearmoryshow.com

www.proyectosmonclova.com

Gabriel de la Mora @ IntersectArtAndDesign / PERROTIN / August 1-5, 2021.

Aug.03.2021

I am pleased to share my participation at PERROTIN in @IntersectArtAndDesign with a Curated selection of works from the gallery´s roster including sculptures by Gabriel Rico, Jean Michel Otoniel, and Johan Creten as well as a historic painting by Hans Hartung, and a Selection of works by Sophie Calle, Gabriel de la Mora, Bernard Frize, Thilo Heinzmann, Farhad Moshiri and Paola Pivi.

August 1-5, 2021.

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