13, 346 struck sides of 6, 673 boxes of 333, 700 burnt matches mounted on acid-free cardboard
200.0 x 322.0 x 6.0 (cm)
78.7 x 126.8 x 2.4 (inch)Gabriel de la Mora 333,700 (diptych), 2014 13,346 struck sides of 6,673 boxes of 333,700 burnt matches mounted on acid-free cardboard 200 x 332 x 6 cm Gabriel de la Mora collects photographs, tools, residual materials, refuse, 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 with a systematic modus operandi that recalls the attention to detail of a detective's or a criminologist's examination of fingerprints. Having trained as an architect and subsequently studying for his Master's of Fine Arts in Painting from the Pratt Institute in New York, Gabriel de la Mora's work lies in questioning and experimenting with the interstitial limits between painting, drawing and sculpture. In his hands, these original media of symbolic experience become records prone to formalist abstraction, as well as autobiographical indices. 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. Gabriel de la Mora’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries the world over, including: Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico; Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA; MUSAS Museo de Arte de Sonora, Mexico; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA, USA; Centro Cultural Bastero Kulturgunea, Bilbao, Spain; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Colima, Mexico; Art Museum of the Americas, Washington DC, USA; among others. His work is held in the permanent collections of: Art Museum of the Americas, O.E.A., Washington D.C., USA; ARTIUM, Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia; Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Colección FEMSA, Monterrey, México; Colección SIVAM, México City, México; Colección Universidad de Colima, México; Colección WTC ARTFEST, México City, México; Fundación/Colección Jumex, México City, México; MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA; MOLAA, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA, USA; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, México; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, USA; Museo del Palacio del Arzobispado, SHCP, México City, México; Museo Jaureguia, Irusita en Navarra, Spain; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA; Pinacoteca Universitaria de Colima, México; Richard E. Peeler Art Center, De Pauw University, Greencastle, IN, USA Secretaría de Cultura del Estado de Colima, México; Abstraction in Action, The Sayago & Pardon Collection, Tustin, California, U.S.A; among others.