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).
El artista es el autor que desaparece..
Gabriel de la Mora
Viernes 03 de junio de 2022
CONFERENCIA 18:00 h.
INAUGURACIÓN 19:00 h.
Pinacoteca Universitaria | Vicente Guerrero 35, Centro, Colima, Mx
Gabriel de la Mora @ Booth G2 PERROTIN / Dallas Art Fair
April 21 – 24, 2022
1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201
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.
Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino is pleased to announce our participation in Dallas Art Fair at the Fashion Industry Gallery in Dallas’ design district from April 21-24, 2022. From a vintage Physichromie by Carlos Cruz-Diez to abstract works made of pigmented turkey feathers by Gabriel de la Mora and an acrylic painting by Mercedes Pardo, this selection offers a glimpse into the dynamic range of our modern and contemporary program. Our booth will also feature works by Elias Crespin, Gustavo Díaz, Marco Maggi, Miguel Ángel Rojas, Fanny Sanín, Melanie Smith, and John Sparagana.
Fashion Industry Gallery
1807 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
Purchase tickets here: Dallas Art Fair Tickets
VIP Preview Day: Thursday, April 21
Fair Dates: Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24
Obras / Artworks:
Gabriel de la Mora, 942 II, 2020, Plumas de pavo pigmentada sobre cartulina de museo / Pigmented turkey feathers on museum cardboard, 30 x 30 cm / 11.81 x 11.81 inches, Enmarcado 43 x 43 x 4 cm / Framed 16.93 x 16.93 x 1.57 inches
Gabriel de la Mora, 956 I, 2020, Plumas de pavo pigmentada sobre cartulina de museo / Pigmented turkey feathers on museum cardboard, 30 x 30 cm / 11.81 x 11.81 inches, Enmarcado 43 x 43 x 4 cm / Framed 16.93 x 16.93 x 1.57 inches
Gabriel de la Mora, 900 V, 2020, Plumas de pavo pigmentada sobre cartulina de museo / Pigmented turkey feathers on museum cardboard, 30 x 30 cm / 11.81 x 11.81 inches, Enmarcado 43 x 43 x 4 cm / Framed 16.93 x 16.93 x 1.57 inches
Gabriel de la Mora @ EXPO CHICAGO / Booth 205 Timothy Taylor
April 8 – 10, 2022.
Timothy Taylor is pleased to present our 2022 Expo Chicago booth, featuring a diverse selection of works by seventeen artists: Daniel Crews-Chubb, Armen Eloyan, Philip Guston, Alex Katz, Jonathan Lasker, Eddie Martinez, Gabriel de la Mora, Richard Patterson, Sean Scully, Kiki Smith, Annie Morris, Anselm Kiefer, Chris Martin, Sahara Longe, Eduardo Terrazas, Honor Titus and Ding Yi.
Together, these artists embody the balance between early-career contemporary artists and established post-war figures that is a hallmark of the gallery’s singular visual program, raising questions about changing approaches to figuration and abstraction; explorations of materiality; and evolving perspectives across successive generations on how to chronicle the human experience.
Gabriel de la Mora @ SP-ARTE 2022 Booth E7 Simões de Assis
6-10 abril 2022
São Paolo, Brasil
Last days until Sunday, March 13, 2022
Gabriel de la Mora: El poeta es el autor que desaparece
En el Museo Francisco Goitia en Zacatecas.
Les comparto los inicios de la serie “El Sentido de la Posibilidad” que inicié en el 2013, con un proyecto con el que obtuve la Beca Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte, 2013-2015, a 100 años de la primera Escuela de Pintura al Aire Libre fundada por Alfredo Ramos Martínez en 1913 en el pueblo de Santa Anita, en Iztapalapa.
“Ramos Martínez sacó a sus alumnos de los talleres de la Academia y logró liberarlos de todas las ataduras de la enseñanza tradicional.”
Sense of possibility
2013 – 2015
* Series developed thanks to the support from the fellowship SISTEMA NACIONAL DE CREADORES DE ARTE, 2013 – 2015.
As an artistic exercise, “outdoors painting” or peinture en plein air still lingers in the collective consciousness as the ultimate attempt from painters to capture nature’s true spirit. Developing an inverse exercise, the series Sense of possibility does intend to encapture the vigor and force of nature, yet it does so by generating a self-inscription on the pictorial surface. In other words, De la Mora prepares a series of canvases that are covered with acrylic paint or gold sheet and which will be placed out in the open through different periods. The changes in temperature, the impact caused by falling raindrops and hail, sunlight, pollution, and even ashes from the proximate Popocatépetl volcano (a geologic structure close to Mexico City) slowly produce the apparition of lines and circles on the pigment’s surface. As a result, the many layers of paint are eroded or altered by their consequent expansion and contraction.
The figures produced by the impact of both hail and rain are perfect circles and spirals mostly, shapes similar to the structures that constitute any living being. In a tautological gesture, it is almost as if nature drew herself, and the artist only participates in this cycle of creation by making the action possible―he merely propitiates the self-portrait. As the last step, the works are consolidated, and anything that was adhered to the surface will remain fixed on it permanently.
Gabriel de la Mora @ Remaning: New Perspectives
January 27 – May 30, 2022
Hybrid in-person and virtual exhibition
UBS Art Gallery
1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York.
Visita guiada a la exposición PSICOTROPICAL con Gabriel de la Mora
19.02.2022 / 12:00 PM
Lamartine 415, Polanco
Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 , Ciudad de México