February 20 – July 3, 2011

Gabriel de la Mora’s Frágil / Fragile will display his most recent works, focusing on an installation of tables with objects and some works on walls. The exhibition aims to present a dialectical relationship between figuration and abstraction, from autobiographical subject matter, portraiture, examinations on the nature of the void and the whole while unveiling the artist's unconventional and experimental explorations of painting, sculpture and drawing. De la Mora works in various media and formats that range from drawings made from human hair to objects and drawings made with alphabet soup to burned papers that challenge what distinguishes a drawing from a sculpture.

The “work table” that will be the main element of this Project Room exhibition will contain approximately 100 small objects visually reminiscent of the tradition of Duchamp’s readymades, placed in dialogue with each other and arranged as they would be in de la Mora’s studio.

Gabriel de la Mora (Mexico, 1968) holds a BA in Architecture from Universidad Anáhuac del Norte, Mexico City, and an MFA with honors in Photography and Video from Pratt Institute in New York. De la Mora’s recent exhibitions include Superficies del deseo, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, 2010; Constellations, First 798 Beijing Biennial, China, 2010; Garden of Delights, Yesou Art Festival, Korea, 2008; Blind lines, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, 2008; Extensions, Galerie La Serre, École Régionale des Beaux-Arts Saint-Étienne, France, 2006 and Art in General Video Project, organized by CEC International, National Center for Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kalingrad, Pro-Arte, St. Petersburg, Moscow New Media Lab, Moscow, Russia. He lives and works in Mexico City.

The Project Room is presented with support from the Robert Gumbiner Foundation,
Verizon, the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach.


Thursday, March 10, 7:30 - 9:00pm
Charter Screening Room

Join MOLAA Chief Curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill in a presentation of Gabriel De la Mora’s work, followed by a Q&A session with the artist via Skype.