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Gabriel de la Mora
updated: 01/28/2013
website: www.gabrieldelamora.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Adam II
1951-G.M.25-1993
X.R.S.L.B.G.E.
M.B.
Poncho drawn with my left hand then with my right hand and then mixed into the blind spot
Self-portrait with 26,088 hairs
9,567 hairs every two pages
41,401 hairs
8,027 knots
08.07.2009. 10:00 – 15:00 hrs.
Stupid like a painter
Catalogue of the exhibition
T.P. 15 II
9,478
9,478 DETAIL
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, abstract, portraiture, obsessive, identity
 
 
Adam II by Gabriel de la Mora
Adam II
Human hair on paper
2007
12.2" x  9.05" 
1951-G.M.25-1993 by Gabriel de la Mora
1951-G.M.25-1993
Human hair on paper
2007
39.4" x  27.6" 
X.R.S.L.B.G.E. by Gabriel de la Mora
X.R.S.L.B.G.E.
Human hair (X.R.S.L.B.G.E.) on paper
2008
27.6 " x  39.4" 
M.B. by Gabriel de la Mora
M.B.
Human hair (M.B.) on paper
2008
11" x  8.5" 
Poncho drawn with my left hand then with my right hand and then mixed into the blind spot by Gabriel de la Mora
Poncho drawn with my left hand then with my right hand and then mixed into the blind spot
Human hair (Poncho) on paper
2008
11" x  25.5" 
Self-portrait with 26,088 hairs by Gabriel de la Mora
Self-portrait with 26,088 hairs
Human hair on paper
2009
15.8" x  13.8"  x 2.4" 
9,567 hairs every two pages by Gabriel de la Mora
9,567 hairs every two pages
Human hair on paper
2009
11" x  8.5"  x 2.4" 
41,401 hairs by Gabriel de la Mora
41,401 hairs
Human hair on paper
2010
40.2 " x  27.6 "  x 3.2 " 
8,027 knots by Gabriel de la Mora
8,027 knots
Tide human hair
2011
12.2 " x  16 "  x 6.2 " 
08.07.2009. 10:00 – 15:00 hrs. by Gabriel de la Mora
08.07.2009. 10:00 – 15:00 hrs.
Pencil and eraser on paper
2009
11" x  8.5"  x 1.06" 
Stupid like a painter by Gabriel de la Mora
Stupid like a painter
pencil and eraser on paper
2008
11 " x  8.5 " 
Catalogue of the exhibition by Gabriel de la Mora
Catalogue of the exhibition
Paper / fire
2009
Dimensions variable
T.P. 15 II by Gabriel de la Mora
T.P. 15 II
3,646 styrofoam balls on paper
2012
31" x  26" 
9,478 by Gabriel de la Mora
9,478
9,478 styrofoam balls on paper
2012
26" x  40" 
9,478 DETAIL by Gabriel de la Mora
9,478 DETAIL
9,478 styrofoam balls on paper
2012
26" x  40" 

Artist Statement

What interests me is the line between the figure and the abstract, between drawing and sculpture, as well as the balance between formal and conceptual.

I began the series of drawings with hair in February 2004.

The idea is based on giving up painting in order to return to drawing, without using a traditional technique.

I wrote about thirty definitions and eliminated all but one: Drawing is a collection of dots and lines that generate an image of an idea or concept on paper.

I began experimenting with hair in 1997 and in 2004 decided to use it as dot and line.

The process of drawing with hair is different in each series and has evolved throughout the years.

In the series of portraits, each character is drawn with their own hair or DNA.

In the piece Poncho …, I explore the concepts of left, right, and blind spot.

First I drew Poncho with his own hair with my left, hand which I normally use, being left-handed.

When I finished, I copied the first drawing using my right hand, which I never use.

Then I joined both drawings and left a space between them which I call the blind spot.

The distance between both drawings equals the 6.5 cm that separate each of my pupils.

In A.G. I-RMC, I further explore the transformation of drawing into sculpture, separating the hair from the paper, tying two hairs together and generating a dot with the knot.

In the piece 08.07.2009 10:00 a 15:00 hrs, for 5 hours straight I wrote down, read and then erased everything I have done and never told anyone about.

Then, with the residues, I built a 7.9 cm3 cube weighing 11.5 grams.

A destructive act in actuality creates an idea or a piece.

Lastly, in a series of burnt papers I explored drawing using only a blank sheet of paper and fire.

The sheet of paper turned from white to black and from a flat surface into an irregular shape.

In terms of conservation, ash is the most stable material to the passing of time and the fragility would allow something as ephemeral as burning a piece of paper to become eternal.

 

 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

 Education

2001/2003 MFA, Pratt Institute, New York

1987/1991 BA in Architecture, Universidad Anáhuac, Mexico

Selected Individual Shows

2012

2013 California Pacific Triennial, chief curator Dan Cameron, OCMA.

Panamerican Exhibition, NC ARTE, Bogota, Colombia 

T.O.E.F.M.U.T.I.T.O.A.I.I., Sicardi Gallery, Houston 

Señales Aleatorias, MUSAS, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico 

2011

White Noise: Museo de Arte contemporaneo de Oaxaca, Mexico 

Originalmentefalso, Galería OMR, Mexico.

Frágil - Fragile: Project Room, MOLAA, Long Beach, California. 

2008

d.i.b.u.j.o.s., C. C. Bastero Kulturgunea, Andoain, Spain

Blind lines, Sicardi Gallery

2007

Brújula de Cuestiones, Galería OMR, Mexico

2006

Extensions, École Régionale des Beaux-Arts Saint-Étienne, France

2004

00-04, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Colima, Mexico

Selected Group Shows

2013

Opinione Latina, Francesca Minini Gallery, Milano, Italy

2012

Privacy, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany

2011

Destello, Jumex Foundation, Mexico

2010

Hot to Cold - Cold to Hot: Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada.

Darker than Night: Casino Metropolitano, Mexico. 

Constante: La nueva Babilonia, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico. 

Superficies del deseo, MUAC, Mexico

The Visceral Body, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada

Efecto Drácula, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico

Afecto diverso: géneros en flujo, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico

2009

White Noise, DePaw University

Cruz Diez, Glassford, Tomaselo, De la Mora, Sicardi Gallery

North Looks South, Building  the Latin American Collection, MFAH, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

(sic), Galería OMR, Mexico.

First 798 Beijing Biennial: “Constellations”, China

Hecho en casa, Museum of Modern Art, Mexico

2008

Garden of Delights, 2008 Yesou Art Festival, Corea

A-B, (MUCA-Roma), Mexico

Marked Pages II: Drawings, Sicardi Gallery

Selected Prizes and Grants

2001-2003 Fulbright Garcia Robles Grant and Jacques and Natasha Gelman Grant.

2005 First Prize VII Monterrey FEMSA Biennial, Mexico.

2013-2015 Fondo Nacional de Creadores FONCA, Mexico