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Jorge Méndez Blake

Guadalajara, Mexico. 1974
Desmantelando a Villaurrutia (Nostalgia de la muerte. Nocturno)
2017. Acrylic on linen. 152.3 x 122 cm
Detalle Desmantelando a Villaurrutia
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Todos los guiones de Dickinson (Poemas 1-236)​ / All the Dickinson's Hyphens (Poems​ 1-236)
2016 Acrylic on linen 260x200 cm
All Beckett's Endings II
2015. Archival print on cotton paper. 444 x 81 cm.
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All Beckett's Courtains
2014. Ink on paper. 30 x 21 cm
Telón III / Curtain III
2016. Coloured pencil on paper. 120x150 cm.
Traduciendo al español "The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
2015. 10 ceramic pages, wood. 38 x 200 x 10 cm
Endgame-Fin-de-partie
Black Pavilion / Open Library
2013. Mixed media. Variable dimensions
Black pavilion / Open Library
2013. Mixed Media. Variable dimensions
Fairy Tales are Real (Still They Are)
2015
Faro II
2015 Methacrylate, paint, metal, tempered glass 157x100x100 cm
From an Unfinished Work (The Mysterious Stranger)
2014. Aluminium, enamel, serography, lacquer. 8 x 8 x 8 cm
From an Unfinished Work (The Mysterious Stranger)
2014. Aluminium, enamel, serograph, lacquer. 8 x 8 x 8 cm
It was a Pleasure to Burn
2015. Coloured pencil on paper. 150x120 cm.
Empty Bookshelf
2011
Pangrama III
2015 Typewriter, paper, metal, temperad glass 100x100x100cm
Complete Sonnets (William Shakespeare)
2014
A Constellation I, II, III,
2011. Wood, Books. 100x70x20 cm.
Mending Wall (Robert Frost)
2015. Metal, wood, methacrylate, glass. 300x120x100 cm.
Mallarmé´s Library
2011. Metal, wood, mirror, resin, plexiglass + drawing. 95x180x150 cm (table) 50x70 cm (drawing).
Proyecto para biblioteca cerrada II
2015. Wood, methacrylate, metal, glass. 100x100x118 cm.
Library on a Balcony
2009. Methacrylate, wood and metal. 91x35x35 cm.
The Auroras of Autumn (Wallace Stevens)
2014
Selected Poems
2014. Neon. 7x85 cm.
Naufragio
2011. Vinyl on wall. Variable dimensions.
Mallarmé´s Library ( Non-site I)
2011
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Biblioteca de la exploración. Estructura IV
Biblioteca de la exploración. Estructura IV
Encuentro con la Ciudad Z IX
2012
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Du fond d´un naufrage
2011. Bricks and book. 1.61x1.20x1.06 cm.
The Art of Loving
2009
Marxxx
2009. Neon. 20x65 cm.
Toute Penseé émet un Coup de Dés II
2012
Toute Penseé émet un Coup de Dés IV
2012
Toute Penseé émet un Coup de Dés VI
2013
Proyecto para Biblioteca Parque V
2011
Proyecto para plaza pública/biblioteca abierta I
2011. Colored pencil on paper. 84 x 120 cm
Proyecto para plaza pública/biblioteca abierta III
2011. Colored pencil on paper. 84 x 120 cm
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The work of Méndez Blake explores the possible intersections between literature, visual arts and architecture, fusing different historic and geographical elements, provoking new readings on the role of language in our culture. The artist employs analysis and synthesis as tools to transform the narrative and the poetic into visual compositions, attempting to shed a light on the material aspects that are implied in the act of writing. Similarly, Méndez Blake has devoted a significant part of his work to studying libraries as relational systems in which historical and cultural dimensions of a given context converge.

His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in museums such as Casa de México en España; Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France; MARFA Contemporary; the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Museum of Latin-American Art, LA, USA; Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Geneva, Italy and in Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Museo Tamayo, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros and Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico.

His work has been part of group shows at the Musée d’Art Moderne, La Maison Rouge and the Musée Mac/Val in Paris, France; the Bass Museum in Miami, the Aspen Art Museum, the Artspace in New Haven, Hessel Museum of Art in NY and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara in the USA; at the Fundación PROA in Buenos Aires, Argentina; at the Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander and Casa Encendida, Madrid, in Spain; at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and Frankendael Foundation in Amsterdam, Netherlands; the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; the ASU Museum of Art, Phoenix, USA; in BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium; the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland. At the Fundación JUMEX, the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, the Museo Nacional de Arte, the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, in Mexico City; MARCO, Monterrey; Instituto Cultural Cabañas and Museo de Arte de Zapopan in Guadalajara and Museo Amparo in Puebla, among others.

He has also participated in the XIII Biennale of La Habana, Cuba, with a project at the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí (2019); the Rashid Karami International Fair, Tripoli, Lebanon (2018); the NGV Triennale, Melbourne, Australia (2017); the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); SABER DESCONOCER, 43 Salón (Inter) Nacional de Artistas, Museo de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia (2013) and was a recipient of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Grant Program Miami, USA (2012). Currently he is a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores in Mexico.

His work is part of the following collections: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Sayago & Pardon Collection , USA; Pérez Collection, Miami; Museo Amparo, Mexico; Deutsche Bank Collection; Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; Philara Collection, Dusseldorf, Germany; Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico; Colección del pueblo de Jalisco; Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo MUAC, Mexico.

He lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Desmantelando a Villaurrutia (Nostalgia de la muerte. Nocturno)
2017. Acrylic on linen. 152.3 x 122 cm
Detalle Desmantelando a Villaurrutia
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.
Black pavilion / Open Library
2013. Mixed Media. Variable dimensions
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.
From an Unfinished Work (The Mysterious Stranger)
2014. Aluminium, enamel, serography, lacquer. 8 x 8 x 8 cm
From an Unfinished Work (The Mysterious Stranger)
2014. Aluminium, enamel, serograph, lacquer. 8 x 8 x 8 cm
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SALA DE ARTE SANTANDER, MADRID, SP | Mateo López, Jose Dávila, Jorge Méndez Blake & Alexandre Estrela

Mateo López, Jose Dávila, Jorge Méndez Blake and Alexandre Estrela are part of a group exhibition  “There will never be a door. You are inside.” curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas at Sala de Arte Santander will remain on view until June 9th. 

INSTITUTO CULTURAL HOSPICIO CABAÑAS, GUADALAJARA, MEXICO | JORGE MÉNDEZ BLAKE, JOSE DÁVILA, GONZALO LEBRIJA

After traveling through MCA DENVER and ASU Phoenix, the exhibition ‘SABER ACOMODAR: Art and Workshops of Jalisco 1915-Now’ returns to Guadalajara, from where the exhibiting artists originate. The works of Jorge Méndez Blake, Jose Dávila and Gonzalo Lebrija can be seen from the end of July onwards at the Instituto Cultural Hospicio Cabañas.

MEGARON OF ATHENS, GREECE | JORGE MENDEZ BLAKE

Jorge Méndez Blake is part of the exhibition “The last reader” curated by Anna Kafetsi at the Megaron of Athens, garden & project space, until September 16th  2018.