Sicardi Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of recent work by Gabriel de la Mora at The Drawing Center in New York. Curated by The Drawing Center's Executive Director, Brett Littman, Gabriel de la Mora: Sound Inscriptions on Fabric includes an installation of fifty-five pairs of found speaker screens, part of the artist's ongoing work with the past lives of found objects. Each screen is marked with patterns created by years of use: the dust and particles captured by the screens indicate a lifetime of voices, music, noise, even silence. The resulting drawings are made by time, and they offer a subtle meditation on mortality and the past. De la Mora describes the objects as caches for historical information about everyday life. His drawing practice, then, is distinctive in its assertion that drawing can be both readymade and durational. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication in the Drawing Papers series, with full-color illustrations of each piece in the exhibition and essays by Littmann and Jace Clayton, also known as DJ /rupture. An opening reception with the artist is scheduled for Thursday, July 14, 6-8PM.
Gabriel de la Mora studied architecture at the Universidad Anáhuac del Norte and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Pratt Institute in New York. Much of his artistic production focuses upon the intimate functions and meanings of objects that have been discarded. De la Mora transforms objects as diverse as hair and found photographs, shoe soles and painted ceilings, drawing attention to their original uses while making conceptual investigations into the nature of art. He lives and works in Mexico City.
De la Mora has had three solo exhibitions at Sicardi Gallery, which has represented him since 2007. He has also had solo exhibitions at the Amparo Museum, Puebla, Mexico; NC-Arte, Bogotá, Colombia; Museo de Arte de Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA, USA; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Colima, Mexico; and Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC, USA; among others.
His work is represented in numerous international collections, including: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA; Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States, Washington, DC, USA; Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA; Colección FEMSA, Monterrey, Mexico; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, USA; Fundación/Colección JUMEX, Mexico City, Mexico; Museo de Arte Moderno, 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; and Secretaría de Cultura del Estado de Colima, Mexico, among others.
Saturday, July 16, 2PM
Gabriel de la Mora and The Drawing Center’s Executive Director Brett Littman lead a walkthrough of the exhibition.
Thursday, August 4, 6:30PM
The Drawing Center will present the first of two performances organized by Thessia Machado, an artist whose cross-media performance practice addresses the links between sound and drawing.
Thursday, August 25, 6:30PM
The Drawing Center will present a second performances organized by Thessia Machado, an artist whose cross-media performance practice addresses the links between sound and drawing.
The Drawing Center, a museum in Manhattan's SoHo district, explores the medium of drawing as primary, dynamic, and relevant to contemporary culture, the future of art, and creative thought. For more information about its location, hours, and programming, please visit www.drawingcenter.org or call 212.219.2166.
Gabriel de la Mora: Sound Inscriptions on Fabric is made possible by the support of Sofía Anaya and Rogelio López, José Antonio García Ocejo, Cecilia Anaya and Enrique Gámez, Verónica Anaya, Sicardi Gallery, and Jack and Anne Moriniere. Additional support is provided by the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and the Consulate General of Mexico in New York (SRE).