Entropías by Gabriel de la Mora unites works from 5 of the artist’s major series for his individual exhibition at PROYECTOSMONCLOVA. The presentation encompasses works from his Burned papers, Neon papers, and Plafonds series. Additional works on view include the most ambitious work from de la Mora’s CACO3 series produced to date, which features 273,472 individually affixed pieces of eggshell as well as a significant new piece from his Obsidian (volcanic glass) series.
De la Mora is known for the precision of his practice that reframes and reorganizes discarded or obsolete objects that he acquires mostly in and around Mexico City. Antique radios, metro tickets, microscope slides, and shoe soles are cut and set in exact geometric and random arrangements, giving the objects new life. Author Dr. Eliza Mizrahi Balas explains, de la Mora’s “strategy is to communicate, share, thematize, objectify things that are not thematizable, shareable, or objectifiable.” “His serial compulsion is anchored in the constant dissimulation of the materials he uses, in his very particular way molding and ordering them through trace, error, and transformation.”
De la Mora’s works reveal the traces of time and memory engrained into his materials through the passage of years-or decades-while also offering a reconsideration of conceptual art histories such as the monochrome, the readymade, and assemblage. The result of this practice, says Dr. Mizrahi Balas, is a questioning of “the role of art and that of the artist”.