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b. 1968, Mexico

Gabriel de la Mora Biography

Gabriel de la Mora collects photographs, tools, residue materials, found documents, hair, and old papers, among other unclassifiable objects that persist between the fantastic, the macabre and the repulsive. In his studio – a mix between a cabinet of curiosities and a forensics lab – a cross between this accumulation and his vital instinct takes place, a drive that submits the past to the hermeneutic scrutiny of the present. Through rigorous formal procedures and the conceptual methodologies of contemporary art, de la Mora alchemically reinscribes these residues, in which the past survives, into a systematic modus operandi that recalls the attention to detail of a detective's or a criminologist's examination of fingerprints.

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Having trained as an architect and subsequently studying his Master's degree of Fine Arts in Painting at the Pratt Institute in New York, Gabriel de la Mora's work lies in questioning and experimenting within the interstitial limits
between painting, drawing and sculpture. In his hands, these primal media of symbolic experience become records prone to formalist abstraction, as well as autobiographical indices. Linking constructivist languages with fortuitous discoveries, evocative of the Dadaist experience, De la Mora updates the minimalist/conceptual optic in order to reveal the intimate and personal within the universal convention of modernist abstraction.

More than a painter, sculptor or draftsman, de la Mora is an artist who works with ideas, possibilities and concepts. In that sense, the metaphysical category of time becomes a fundamental factor in each of his works. For him, a work of art attempts to outlive the person who creates it. It aspires toward eternity, since life's desires are clear evidence of an inexorable death drive. There exists a main goal as an artist and this has to do with the search for equilibrium between the conceptual and the formal in order to signify the universal. From the surge of an idea until its execution in monochromatic surfaces, lines, volumes, documents and records of his processes, the materials and ideas intermingle, giving rise not only to works of art but also to an archive in which the artist obsessively safeguards the passage of time. Gabriel de la Mora's work is a constellation of indices for the creation of a metaphysical totality. In this totality, the occult, the mysterious, the elusive – that is, those experiences that are prone to estrangement – are presented to us as the familiar.

Gabriel de la Mora Featured Artworks

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1,156 IX by Gabriel de la Mora contemporary artwork
Gabriel de la Mora1,156 IX, 2019Pigmented turkey feathers on museum cardboard
60 x 60 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
1,590 I by Gabriel de la Mora contemporary artwork
Gabriel de la Mora1,590 I, 2018Pigmented turkey feathers on museum cardboard
60 x 60 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
CI / 24 I P.o. by Gabriel de la Mora contemporary artwork
Gabriel de la MoraCI / 24 I P.o., 2015Microscope slides
30 x 25.7 x 6 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
96,937 (58,746 + 38,191) by Gabriel de la Mora contemporary artwork
Gabriel de la Mora96,937 (58,746 + 38,191), 2016Diptych of white and emu eggshell fragments on wood
75 x 150 x 4 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
576 - I / Pi by Gabriel de la Mora contemporary artwork
Gabriel de la Mora576 - I / Pi, 2016288 used pairs of leather shoe soles on wood (diptych)
180 x 240 x 6 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
PAI / 3072-I f by Gabriel de la Mora contemporary artwork
Gabriel de la MoraPAI / 3072-I f, 2015Discarded aluminium plate from offset printing press, mounted on wood
180 x 120 x 6 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
T-29 i / 29 d by Gabriel de la Mora contemporary artwork
Gabriel de la MoraT-29 i / 29 d, 201629 pairs of discarded vintage stereo speaker cases
280 x 330 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
PAI / 1728-I f by Gabriel de la Mora contemporary artwork
Gabriel de la MoraPAI / 1728-I f, 2015Discarded aluminium plate from offset printing press, mounted on wood
180 x 120 x 6 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire

Gabriel de la Mora Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Gabriel de la Mora, Neornithes at Timothy Taylor, London
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15 June–11 July 2020 Gabriel de la Mora Neornithes Timothy TaylorLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Gabriel de la Mora, ÉCHO at Perrotin, Paris
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12 October–21 December 2019 Gabriel de la Mora ÉCHO PerrotinParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Gabriel de la Mora, TNTR AA at Perrotin, New York
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2 March–13 April 2019 Gabriel de la Mora TNTR AA PerrotinNew York

Gabriel de la Mora Represented By

Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo
Timothy Taylor contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Timothy Taylor London, New York

Gabriel de la Mora In Related Press

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IN AND AROUND THE FAIR: A REPORT FROM MEXICO CITY'S ZONA MACO Related Press IN AND AROUND THE FAIR: A REPORT FROM MEXICO CITY'S ZONA MACO 14 February 2017, ARTNews

Last Saturday, for Zona Maco, Mexico City’s premier contemporary art fair, artist Andrew Birk led a walk from the historical center of the city to Anonymous gallery’s booth, which presented a group show featuring FlucT, Peter Sutherland, and Brendan Lynch. Participants in the 10-kilometer walk received free admission to the fair and, after three...

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The abstract patterns of sound on dusty speaker covers Related Press The abstract patterns of sound on dusty speaker covers 26 August 2016, Hyperallergic

There are no drawings on the walls for the Drawing Center’s current exhibition — at least, none you may define in the conventional sense of the medium. On view are speaker cloths, the woven fabric through which sound passes but not dust, which remains trapped between the material, accumulating over time to create faint shapes and...

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Seeing sound: Gabriel de la Mora visually records decades of music at The Drawing Center Related Press Seeing sound: Gabriel de la Mora visually records decades of music at The Drawing Center 28 July 2016, Wallpaper*

Synesthetes claim the ability to associate numbers, sounds or colours across sensory pathways – and artists from Wassily Kandinsky to Iannis Xenakis have sought visual inspiration in music – but most of us would regard the idea of literally seeing sound as, in reality, impossible. In his current exhibition at The Drawing Center...

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Found art: Gabriel de la Mora's first solo show at London's Timothy Taylor Gallery Related Press Found art: Gabriel de la Mora's first solo show at London's Timothy Taylor Gallery 23 March 2016, Wallpaper

For his first solo show in Europe, artist Gabriel de la Mora scoured the printing presses and flea markets of his native Mexico City. He then transformed his ‘finds’ into 11 works that go on show at today at London’s Timothy Taylor Gallery. From a distance, they look like abstract painted canvases but closer inspection...

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