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Jorge Méndez Blake

Born in 1974, in Guadalajara, Mexico
Lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico

The work of Méndez Blake takes references from diverse cultural environments with the attempt to create previously non-existing connections between literature and architecture. He creates non-linear systems of ideas that begin with literature classics, architectural history or diverse fiction related themes. The constant reviews of well known authors, different architectural works or specific cultural situations, attempt to create new interpretations of the sociocultural landscape, and with them, a wide spectrum of possible lectures that connect an author, text or building with new contexts. The ideas behind the way we construct or order our society’s cultural heritage are reconsidered and examined under new circumstances, as space, geography, constructed landscape or language.

Recent Solo Exhibitions
2012 – Poems and Monuments – 1301PE, Los Angeles, USA
2012 – All the Borges’ Books – Frame, Frieze, New York, USA
2012 – Ceboruco – OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
2011- Biblioteca Mallarmé – Travesia Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
2011 – Empty Bookshelf – Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium
2010 – The Constructivist Library – Art Positions, Art Basel Miami, USA
2010 – The Red Library – Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium
2010 – La Marquesa salio a las cinco – Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
2010 – All the Poetry Books – Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, USA
2009 – 3 bibliotecas – OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
2009 – Art Brussels Solo show – Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium
2009 – Das Kapital – Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium
2008 – The Exploration Library – Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, USA
2008 – The Castle – Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico

Recent Group Exhibition
2012 – Misrepresentation, Mistake and Non-Disclosure – Rove Gallery, London, UK
2011 – La Vie Mode d’Emploi (Life A User’s Manual) – Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium
2011 – Resisting the present – Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France and Amparo Museum, Puebla, Mexico
2012 – Voyage Voyage, disorienting contemporary art – Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, France
2011 – Everything Must Go – Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, USA
2011 – Atardecer ranchero – Travesia Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
2011 – Destello – The Jumex Collection, Ecatepec, Mexico
2011 – Crisisss America Latina, Arte y confrontacion: 1910-2010 – Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
2011 – La pratica de la textualidad – Galeria Jesus Gallardo, Teatro Doblado, Leon, Mexico
2010 – Public Art Section, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, USA
2010 – De Frente Al Sol – curated by P. Charpenel, Galerie Martin Janda, Wien, Austria
2010 – Mexico : Expected – Unexpected – B.P.S. 22, Charleroi, Belgium
2010 – Constante la nueva Babilonia – Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico
2010 – Twenty-first Century – Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Canada
2010 – One Room, One Work – 1301PE, Los Angeles, USA
2010 – A+D. Alegorías de la migración – Instituto Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico
2010 – The Mole Horizon, Bozar – Center for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
2010 – Voces Invisibles/ Unseen voices – Proa Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2009 – México : Expected-Unexpected – Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2009 – Where do we go from here ? – Bass Museum, Miami, USA
2009 – Zona Maco – OMR Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico

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