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).
Alejandra Venegas, Ángela Gurría, Chantal Peñalosa, Edgar Orlaineta, Eduardo Terrazas, Fernando García Ponce, Gabriel de la Mora, Helen Escobedo, Hilda Palafox, Manuel Felguérez, Martín Soto Climent, Néstor Jiménez, Tercerunquinto, Yoshua Okón.
08.02.2023 – 12.02.2023
Av. del Conscripto 311, Lomas de Sotelo, Hipódromo de las Américas, Miguel Hidalgo, 11200 Ciudad de México, CDMX
Proyectos Monclova participates at ZONAMACO 2023 with a special collaboration with the Simões de Assis gallery that has spaces in both São Paulo and Curitiba, Brazil. Both galleries present a galerías offer a presentation of contemporary and modern art with a selection of Argentine, Brazilian, Mexican, and Venezuelan artists who work with abstraction and geometry. Proyectos Monclova’s contribution to the presentation will include works by Alejandra Venegas, Ángela Gurría, Chantal Peñalosa, Edgar Orlaineta, Eduardo Terrazas, Fernando García Ponce, Gabriel de la Mora, Helen Escobedo, Hilda Palafox, Manuel Felguérez, Martín Soto Climent, Néstor Jiménez, Tercerunquinto, and Yoshua Okon. Alongside this selection, Simões de Assis will show works by Abraham Palatnik, Alfredo Volpi, Antonio Asis, Juan Parada, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Emanoel Araujo, Gonçalo Ivo, Jesús Rafael Soto, Mano Penalva, Miguel Bakun, and Sérgio Camargo. The result of this work establishes dialogues from different languages, points of reference, and aesthetic expressions.
Gabriel de la Mora @ SALON PERROTIN MATIGNON
Xavier Veilhan, Johan Creten, Hans Hartung, Thilo Heinzmann, Sophie Calle, Jean-Marie Appriou, Laurent Grasso, Gregor Hildebrant, Mathilde Denize, Klara Kristalova, Pieter Vermeersch, Lee Bae, Jean-Pjilippe Delhomme, Gabriel de la Mora, Takashi Murakami, and Tavares Strachan.
01.10 – 03.11.2023
2 Bis Avenue Matignon 75008 Paris
Gabriel de la Mora @Proyectos Monclova Booth G28 Art Basel Miami Beach
Miami Beach Convention Center
December 1 – 3, 2022
James Benjamin Franklin, Eduardo Terrazas, Edgar Orlaineta, Michael Sailstorfer, Gabriel de la Mora, Ángela Guirría, Helen Escobedo, Manuel Felguérez, Alexander Calder.
* The butterfly wings used in this new Lepidoptera series come from butterflies raised in butterfly farms in Peru, Indonesia and Madagascar, dying naturally when released, they are collected by local communities.
Gabriel de la Mora @ Perrotin
Art Basel Miami Beach
December 1 — 3, 2022
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Perrotin is pleased to participate in this year’s iteration of Art Basel Miami Beach with an interactive project by art collective MSCHF, a nested solo presentation by Japanese artists belonging to Kaikai Kiki studio, and the debut of work by new artists to the gallery: Henry Gunderson, Nikki Maloof, Sophia Narrett, and Kathia St. Hilaire.
Brooklyn-based art collective MSCHF will make their debut at Art Basel with an immersive sculpture on Perrotin’s booth, concurrent to their exhibition at Perrotin New York on view through December 23, No More Tears, I’m Lovin’ It.
Central to the booth, Perrotin will present new artwork by Japanese artists belonging to Kaikai Kiki. Emi Kuraya, MADSAKI, and ob will debut new paintings, Otani Workshop will present a series of bronze sculptures and paintings, and Takashi Murakami will debut works from his Murakami.Flowers series. Concurrently, Otani Workshop recently opened Hand, Eye, and Soul at Perrotin Seoul and Takashi Murakami will inaugurate Perrotin Dubai with a solo exhibition, on view from November 25, 2022 through January 28, 2023.
Henry Gunderson will unveil a large-scale painting from his “House” series, marking Perrotin’s first collaboration with the artist, ahead of a solo exhibition of his work at Perrotin New York this Spring. Gunderson uses an acrylic layering technique in his oversized, hyperrealistic paintings that explore the human psyche through post-industrial American Pop Art landscapes.
Additionally, we will present a nested solo corner of still life artworks by Nikki Maloof, Sophia Narrett, and Danielle Orchard, who will have their debut exhibitions at Perrotin New York in Spring 2023. Kathia St. Hilaire will also present a new work on the booth, concurrent to her first-ever institutional exhibition, titled Immaterial Being, at NSU Fort Lauderdale.
Finally, Bernard Frize will present a new series of paintings, concurrent to his exhibition at Perrotin Paris (2 bis Avenue Matignon), Comment Puis-Je Te Dire…, on view through December 17.
Perrotin’s booth will include a curated selection of works by Jean-Marie Appriou, Iván Argote, Hernan Bas, Genesis Belanger, Anna-Eva Bergman, Stan Burnside, Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Nick Doyle, Charles Hascoët, Thilo Heinzmann, John Henderson, Leslie Hewitt, Gregor Hildebrandt, Kara Joslyn, Izumi Kato, Bharti Kher, Klara Kristalova, Trevon Latin, Lee Bae, Gabriel de la Mora, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Paola Pivi, Gabriel Rico, Jesús Rafael Soto, Josh Sperling, Tavares Strachan, and Xiyao Wang.
Gabriel de la Mora @ Timothy Taylor Booth C28
Art Basel Miami Beach
VIP Preview: 29 – 30 November 2022 Public Days: 1 – 3 December 2022
Timothy Taylor is pleased to present a blend of primary and secondary-market works for Art Basel Miami Beach 2022, showcasing artists Daniel Crews-Chubb, Jorge Eielson, Armen Eloyan, Sam Francis, Adolph Gottlieb, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Alex Katz, Jonathan Lasker, Glenn Ligon, Sahara Longe, Chris Martin, Eddie Martinez, Josephine Meckseper, Gabriel de la Mora, Annie Morris, Richard Patterson, Hayal Pozanti, Jiab Prachakul, Sean Scully, Kiki Smith and Eduardo Terrazas.
Tracing the influence and potency of 20th century masters to the vibrant work of contemporary artists today, the paintings and sculpture in this presentation focus on the blaze of painterly colour and clarity of form. They reflect the moment before the eye and brain connect in a snap of seeing: when life moves into flashes of pure abstraction.
WEST BUND ART & DESIGN
Gabriel de la Mora
West Bund Art Center
Booth: A108 / Perrotin
10-13 November 2022
WEST BUND ARTY & DESIGN
Gabriel de la Mora
West Bund Art Center
10-13 November 2022.
For West Bund Art & Design 2022, Perrotin will dedicate a solo booth of new works by Mexican artist Gabriel de la Mora.
Gabriel de la Mora´s practice focuses on the construction of seemingly minimal yet extremely complex surfaces that are underlined by intense mathematical precision. As both a collector of objects and fascinated by science, he began to make geometric compositions with elements that contrain genetic material – human hair, feathers, eggshells, or most recently, butterfly wings. For this new body of work, titled Lepidoptera, De la Mora mines the rich cultural symbolism of the butterfly, sourcing the material from butterfly conservation farms in Peru and Indonesia. In addition, the artist presents an evolution to this series, including three works that integrate three different materials at the same time: Morpho didius butterfly wings, 24 karats Pure Gold leaf, and acrylic paint.
Gabriel de la Mora @ PERROTIN Booth A11 FRIEZE LONDON
October 13 – 17, 2022
For this year’s iteration of Frieze London, Perrotin is pleased to present a new set of works by GaHee Park, some of which were created this summer during the gallery’s residency in Cap Ferret. The artist will showcase a series of paintings and drawings in a nested presentation.
We will also present unseen works by Bernard Frize and Iván Argote who will have simultaneous shows at Perrotin Paris this October. Argote’s paintings presented at our booth echo to his special presentation Air de jeux at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, as part of his nomination for Marcel Duchamp Prize.
In addition to his solo exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, American artist Daniel Arsham will present a recent sculpture at our booth.
Finally, we will present a selection of works by artists from our roster, including Jean-Marie Appriou, Lee Bae, Bharti Kher, Sophie Calle, Johan Creten, Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Mathilde Denize, Jens Fänge, Laurent Grasso, Hans Hartung, Thilo Heinzmann, Leslie Hewitt, Gregor Hildebrandt, Susumu Kamijo, Klara Kristalova, Gabriel de la Mora, Takashi Murakami, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Paola Pivi, Claire Tabouret, Xiyao Wang, and others.
The Armory Show
Booth 228 | Javits Center | New York, NY
September 8-11, 2022
Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino is pleased to announce our participation in The Armory Show 2022 at the Javitz Center in New York from September 8-11. In Booth 228, the gallery will present a group exhibition featuring gallery artists Gustavo Díaz, Thomas Glassford, Marco Maggi, Gabriel de la Mora, Reynier Leyva Novo, Miguel Angel Ríos, Fanny Sanín, and Melanie Smith.
VIP Preview invitation only
Tickets are available for purchase here.
IMAGE: Gabriel de la Mora, 8,684, 2022. 4,372 concave blown glass fragments and aluminum, 4,312 convex blown glass fragments and aluminum on museum cardboard and wood, 38 5/8 x 38 5/8 x 2 3/8 in.