Jorge Méndez Blake, ‘Black Lighthouse II / Faro negro II’, 2016, Galería OMR

In this piece, Mendez Blake elaborates on the symbol of the lighthouse
as pictured in the novel by Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927).
Here, the entity of the lighthouse, which has a symbolic rather that
architectonical meaning even in the novel, is given a body and is
subtracted from the blurry, imaginary dimension of the novel. Still,
it remains a rather obscure object: a tiny, black architecture that
concretizes a fictional space and, at the same time, stays far from
being a realistic depiction. Rather, this object gives way to new
possible interpretations and visualization of the emblematic figure
of lighthouse.

About Jorge Méndez Blake

Jorge Méndez Blake draws connections between literature and the visual arts through assemblage, drawing, and environmental interventions. “I think I tend toward the quotation, rather than toward the creation of new writing,” he says. “I prefer to be quoting others constantly.” He manipulates classic literature by drawing it into the gallery space, assembling pages and quotation into installations, or “canceling” texts by physically entombing them in large wooden boxes. Blake also forms textual chains with works that link the literature of travel and pilgrimage with photographs taken on his travels.

Mexican, b. 1974, Guadalajara, Mexico, based in Guadalajara, Mexico