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Gabriel de la Moraborn 1968, Mexico
Gabriel de la Mora

“…art is not created nor destroyed; it is only transformed, just as energy is.”

 

After studying architecture at the Universidad Anáhuac del Norte from 1987-1991, Gabriel de la Mora began his career as a practicing architect. After five years, he redirected his work, focusing instead on visual art, and in 2003 he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting at Pratt Institute in New York.

 

Since the early 2000s, de la Mora has collected detritus and ephemera ranging from hair to found photographs, shoe soles to painted ceilings. He transforms these objects, using meticulous craftsmanship to call attention to their original uses, while also making conceptual investigations into the nature of art. Curator and art historian Willy Kautz has written, “Gabriel de la Mora’s work lies in questioning and experimenting with the interstitial limits between painting, drawing, and sculpture. … Linking constructivist languages with the evocative, fortuitous discoveries of dadaist experience, de la Mora updates the minimalist/conceptual optic to reveal the intimate and personal within the universal convention of modernist abstraction.”

 

Much of de la Mora’s production focuses upon the intimate functions of objects that, outlasting their usefulness, have been discarded. By repurposing found things, de la Mora points to the actions of time upon the object. In his collected chips of paint and fabric painted ceilings, for example, he suggests that the painting came into existence long before the artist came into contact with it and placed it upon a canvas. In this way, he is also drawn to the visual and affective power of archival collections. He often works with old photographs and found papers. These materials are weighted with mysteries from the past—their hidden narratives are central to de la Mora’s conceptual and formal interests. The artist lives and works in Mexico City.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014: Gabriel de la Mora: Lucíferos, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Lo que no vemos, lo que nos mira, Amparo Museum, Puebla, Mexico

2012: T.O.E.F.M.U.T.I.T.O.A.I.I., Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

Exposición Panamericana, N.C. Arte, Bogotá, Colombia

Señales Aleatorias / Ruido Blanco, Museo de Arte de Sonora (MUSAS), Hermosillo, Mexico
2011: Ruido Blanco / White Noise, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Oaxaca, Mexico

Frágil / Fragile: project room, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, CA, USA
2008: d.i.b.u.j.o.s., C. C. Bastero Kulturgunea, Andoain (Gipuzkoa), Spain
Blind Lines, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
2004: 00-04, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Colima, Mexico
2003: G.M. antes y después, Ministry of Culture, Colima, Mexico
1997: The Form Without Form, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C., USA
1996: La Inconciencia de la Vista, Museo Regional de Historia, Colima, Mexico

 

Gabriel de la Mora’s work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including: Ruta Mística, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO, 2013); 2013 California Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of Art (2013); Confetti Makeup, Museo Universitario del Chopo (2013); Tropicalia Negra, El Museo Experimental el Eco (2013); Tell Me a Story, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA, 2013); Obsessive Worlds, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont (2011); Cosmopolitan Routes: Houston Collects Latin American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2010); Superficies del deseo, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC, 2010); The Visceral Body, Vancouver Art Gallery (2010); White Noise, DePauw University (2009); Cruz-Diez, Glassford, Tomasello, de la Mora, Sicardi Gallery (2009); and North Looks South: Building the Latin American Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Houston (2009), among many others.

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA

Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States, Washington, D.C., USA

ARTIUM, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA

Colección FEMSA, Monterrey, Mexico

Colección SIVAM, Mexico City, Mexico

Colección Universidad de Colima, Mexico

El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, USA

Fundación/Colección JUMEX, Mexico City, Mexico

Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico

Museo del Palacio del Arzobispado, Mexico City, Mexico

Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA

Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), Long Beach, CA, USA

Richard E. Peeler Art Center, De Pauw University, Greencastle, IN, USA

Secretaría de Cultura del Estado de Colima, Mexico

 

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Interview with Gabriel de la Mora PRESS Interview with Gabriel de la Mora
March 2014
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Permission to Be Global | Miami Rail PRESS Permission to Be Global | Miami Rail
Spring 2014
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Arte y Cultura PRESS Arte y Cultura
February 11, 2014
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Gabriel de la Mora, El Golfo PRESS Gabriel de la Mora, El Golfo
2013
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2013
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Gabriel de la Mora | El Espectador PRESS Gabriel de la Mora | El Espectador
2012
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Gabriel de la Mora | Literal PRESS Gabriel de la Mora | Literal
2009
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Gabriel de la Mora | Art in America PRESS Gabriel de la Mora | Art in America
2008
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2007
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