“…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
2012: T.O.E.F.M.U.T.I.T.O.A.I.I., Sicardi Gallery, Houston
Exposición Panamericana, N.C. Arte, Bogotá
2011: Ruido Blanco / White Noise, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Oaxaca
Frágil / Fragile: project room, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, California
2008: d.i.b.u.j.o.s., C. C. Bastero Kulturgunea, Andoain (Gipuzkoa), Spain
Blind Lines, Sicardi Gallery, Houston
2004: 00-04, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Colima
2003: G.M. antes y después, Ministry of Culture, Colima
1997: The Form Without Form, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC
1996: La Inconciencia de la Vista, Museo Regional de Historia, Colima
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
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles
Richard E. Peeler Art Center, De Pauw University, Indiana
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
El Museo del Barrio, New York
Fundación/Colección JUMEX, Mexico City
Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States, Washington, DC
Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Colección FEMSA, Monterrey, Mexico
Colección SIVAM, Mexico City
Museo del Palacio del Arzobispado, Mexico City
Secretaría de Cultura del Estado de Colima, Mexico
Colección Universidad de Colima, Mexico
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