Jorge Méndez Blake, ‘Todos los libros de Borges (Libro Cegado II)’, 2014, Galería OMR

All the Borges Books is a work shown in the Frame Section of Frieze New York, from May 3 to May 7 2012 in Roosevelt Island, NY. The project consisted of removing all the books by Jorge Luis Borges available in the 39 public libraries of Manhattan and transporting them in a closed box to the Art Fair, where they remained unavailable for the duration of the fair. The next conversation is a fictional talk written by Méndez Blake, in which he discusses with Borges the goals, aims, and challenges faced by the project.

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