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Jorge Méndez Blake

Guadalajara, Mexico. 1974

Méndez Blake’s work is built based on the intrinsic relationship between art, literature and architecture; addressing literary works as spatial potencies that can be translated into concrete objects. The artists employs analysis and synthesis as tools to transform the narrative and the poetic into visual compositions, attempting to make evident the material aspects that are implied in the in the act of writing. Similarly, Méndez Blake has devoted a significant part of his work for studying libraries as relational systems in which historical and cultural dimensions of a given context converge.

His work has been exhibited individually and collectively in diverse museums and private institutions such as: Museé d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; Maison Rouge, Paris, France; Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France; La Kunsthalle Centre d’Art Contemporain, Mulhouse, France; Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, USA; Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, USA; Bass Museum, Miami, USA; Aspen Museum of Art, Aspen, USA; Artspace, New Haven, USA; Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, Spain; La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Amsterdam, Netherlands; and BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium.

In Mexico he has had exhibitions at Museo Rufino Tamayo, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Museo de Arte Moderno, Museo Carrillo Gil, Museo Nacional de Arte, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Fundación JUMEX, among others. He has recently participated at the 13th edition of Istanbul Biennale; Saber desconocer: 43 Salón (ínter) Nacional de Artistas, in Medellin, Colombia; and won the scholarship of Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation program in Miami. He is currently a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de México.

Jorge Méndez Blake lives and works at Guadalajara, Mexico.

All Beckett's Endings II
2015. Archival print on cotton paper. 444 x 81 cm.
Telón III / Curtain III
2016. Coloured pencil on paper. 120x150 cm.
Mending Wall (Robert Frost)
2015. Metal, wood, methacrylate, glass. 300x120x100 cm.
Proyecto para biblioteca cerrada II
2015. Wood, methacrylate, metal, glass. 100x100x118 cm.
Du fond d´un naufrage
2011. Bricks and book. 1.61x1.20x1.06 cm.
It was a Pleasure to Burn
2015. Coloured pencil on paper. 150x120 cm.
Mallarmé´s Library
2011. Metal, wood, mirror, resin, plexiglass + drawing. 95x180x150 cm (table) 50x70 cm (drawing).
A Constellation I, II, III,
2011. Wood, Books. 100x70x20 cm.
Selected Poems
2014. Neon. 7x85 cm.
Marxxx
2009. Neon. 20x65 cm.
Library on a Balcony
2009. Methacrylate, wood and metal. 91x35x35 cm.
News

SCHAERBEEK, BELGIUM | FRAGILE: MAISON DES ARTS

Artist Jorge Méndez Blake will be taken part in the exhibition Fragile in the Maison Des Arts of Schaerbeek, Belgium. The exhibition includes different artists approaches related to the state of matter. The clay is the common material used by the artists in all its states and shapes.

The exhibition is on view from October 7 till December 2, 2017.

BESANÇON, FR | FRAC FRANCHE-COMPTÉ

Artist Jorge Méndez Blake will be taking part in Montag ou la bibliothèque à venir (Montag or the library in the making) an exhibition that will happen at the FRAC with the support of Mondriaan Fundation.

The exhibition explores the links between literature and the visual arts, reflecting artists’ unflagging interest in the literary medium.
On view from October 14 till January 14, 2018.

MARFA CONTEMPORARY

Jorge Méndez Blake’s individual exhibition A Message from the Emperor is on view in Marfa Contemporary, TX, US, until next September 15.