Ver ArtistaJorge Méndez Blake

Biografía
Jorge Méndez Blake was born in Guadalajara, Jaliso, México in 1974.

Jorge Méndez Blake lives and works in Guadalajara. He is a visual artist who uses literature as a conceptual tool. His oeuvre explores the possible connections between classic literature, art and culture, fusing a complex mixture of historical and geographical elements, therefore aiming to institute new reflections on cultural manifestations and the relations between them. Méndez Blakes work focuses on relation and possibility, moving away from the static or fixed meaning of art towards an openness that embraces the complexity of contemporary culture.
Curriculum
SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012
Poems and Monuments, 1301PE, Los Angeles, CA
All the Borges' Books, Frame, Frieze, New York
Ceboruco, OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
2011
Mallarmé Library, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
Empty Bookshelf, Messen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium
2010
The Constructivist Library, Art Positions, Art Basel Miami, Miami, FL
The Red Library, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium
The Marquise Went Out at Five…, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
All the Poetry Books, Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, CA
2009
The Borges Library, Present Future Section, Artissima, Turin, Italy
3 Libraries, OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
The Wall Library, ArtBrussels Project Room, Brussels, Belgium
Das Kapital, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium
2008
The Exploration Library, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, NY
The Castle, Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Mexico
2007
The Castle, Jose Cornejo Library, Guadalajara, Mexico, Mexico
2006
Fiction is the Beginning of Exile, OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
2005
Isla Negra's Treasure, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico
Unable to Establish Any Contact, José Clemente Orozco's Studio, Guadalajara, Mexico
The Characters Interfer With Architecture, Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
2004
Almost Stories (Variations to Build a Text or the Complete Stories, Maybe), OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
2002
Journey to the Center of the Earth, Arena México Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico
Artists Can Write, INTAR Gallery, New York, NY
2001
Stage, Zapopan Project, Guadalajara, Mexico


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012 Poule!, The Jumex Collection, Ecatepec, Mexico
Resisting the Present, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France
Voyage, Voyage, Maison de l'Amerique Latine, Paris, France
Itinerarios XVIII, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, Spain
Extrarradio, Mustang Art Gallery, Elche, España
En obras. Colección Teixeira de Freitas, TEA Tenerife, Spain
2011 Terrible Beauty: Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance, Dublin Contemporary, Dublin, Ireland
Nos habiamos hecho la illusion de ir derectamente, Espai Cultural, Barcelona, Spain
Five Easy Pieces, Franco Noero Gallery, Torino, Italy
Resisting the present, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France and Amparo Museum, Puebla, Mexico
Everything Must Go, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, NY
Atardecer ranchero, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
Destello, The Jumex Collection, Ecatepec, Mexico
Crisisss America Latina, Arte y confrontacion: 1910-2010, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
La pratica de la textualidad, Galeria Jesus Gallardo, Teatro Doblado, Leon, Mexico
2010 Art in the Auditorium II, Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Mole Horizon, Bozar, Center for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
A+D. Alegorias de la migracion, Institute Cabanas, Guadalajara, Mexico
Twenty First-Century, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
One Room, One Work, 1301PE, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Wall Works, 1301PE, Los Angeles, CA
(sic.), OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
PavillioM, Madonna Dell Orto, Venice, Italy
Opus 6, Espacio Alterego, Guadalajara, Mexico
Art Basel 40, International Art Fair, Galería OMR, Basel, Switzerland
Nothingness and Being, The JUMEX Collection, Ecatepec, Mexico
Una serie de micro fascismos consecutivos y sin fín, MUCA Roma, Mexico City, Mexico
2008 Broken Animal, Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Mexico
Art Basel Miami, International Art Fair, OMR Gallery, Miami, FL
The Invention of Cotidianity, National Museum of Art MUNAL, Mexico City, Mexico
Public Works, Cabañas Cultural Institute, Guadalajara, Mexico
Expected-Unexpected: The Agustín and Isabel Coppel Collection, Maison Rouge, Paris, France, and TEA, Tenerife, Spain (2009)
City: Instructions, public interventions on diverse locations, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Art Basel, International Art Fair, OMR Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
The Best Art Work in the World (or The Portrait of the Artist), Charro Negro Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico
25 Years, OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
MACO, International Art Fair, Moti Hasson Gallery and OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
Implications of Image, Arts and Sciences University Museum, MUCA, CU, Mexico City, Mexico
2007 Art Basel Miami, International Art Fair, OMR Gallery, Miami, FL
YAQ, La Planta, Guadalajara, Mexico
Stardust ou la dernière frontière, MAC/VAL Museè d'art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Paris, France
Viva México?, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsow, Poland
Vento-Sul 4a. Muestra Latinoamericana de Artes Visuales, Paranaense Art Institute, Curitiba, Brazil
L'Ottava Tavola: An Etymology of Contemporary Codes, Palazzo Casali, Cortona, Italy
Art Basel, International Art Fair, OMR Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Glitch, Triangle Project Space, San Antonio, TX
LA Art, International Art Fair, OMR Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Object-Book, Editions, National Museum of the Stamp, Mexico City, Mexico
Fatti e Finzione della venusta isola di San Servolo in Venezia, San Servolo, Venice, Italy
Skier in the Bottom of a Well, The JUMEX Collection, Ecatepec, Mexico
Limbo, Carrillo Gil Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
Implications of Image, Sinaloa Museum of Art, Culiacán, Mexico
2005 I Am He As You Are He As You Are Me And We Are All Together, Art Central, Guadalajara, Mexico
Air Container, Raul Anguiano Museum, Guadalajara, Mexico
2004 Only Characters Change, Museum of Contemporary Art, Monterrey, Mexico
23 Zones, Cabañas Cultural Institute, Guadalajara, Mexico
Multitasquin, OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
VIII Cuenca International Painting Bienal, Cuenca, Ecuador
Small Pieces Big Spaces, Occurrence Gallery, Montreal, Canada
The Relativity of Time and the Different Systems of Reference, OPA, Guadalajara, Mexico
2003 Tekhne, The Buena Vista Building, Miami, FL
Within Temporary Crossroads, Central de Arte, Guadalajara, Mexico
Vulnerable, Guanajuato University, Guanajuato, Mexico
Mexico Illuminated, Freedman Gallery, Reading, PA
Passages, Rufino Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City, Mexico
REMIX, Arena México Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico
Arena México, 3 Artists from Guadalajara, Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York, NY
Cold Skin, Carrillo Gil Museum, Mexico
DF, Center for the Arts, Monterrey, Mexican Institue, París, France
Creation in Movement. National Center for the Arts, Mexico City, Mexico
2002 Item. Spain Cultural Center in México, Mexico City, Mexico
7 dilemmas, Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Mexico
Untouchable, Clavijero House, Guadalajara, Mexico
Site and Surface. University of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
Vidarte 2002, International Festival of Video and Electronic Arts, Palacio de Correos, Mexico City, Mexico
MexArtFest, Osaka Sky Building, Osaka, Japan
Sauvage, La panaderia, Mexico City. Mexico
Winter Show, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York City, New York, NY
Leisure Theory, The JUMEX Collection, Estado de Mexico, Mexico.
2001 Braziers Internacional Artist Workshop, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire, UK
Confulgente hado (or Reinventing Principles) New Visual Art Talents in Mexican Art,
Ex Teresa Arte Actual – Bancomer Cultural Foundation, Mexico City. Mexico
Proyecta Versión 1.0, Goethe Institute, Guadalajara, Mexico
2000 Propulsión a Chorro, Museum of the Arts, Guadalajara, Mexico


AWARDS

2010 Member of the National System of Art Creators (2010-2013), by the National Funding for Culture and Arts (FONCA), Mexico
Recipient of the grant Beca de Artes Plásticas by Fundación Marcelino Botin, Santander, Spain
2009 Selected work for Bienal Monterrey FEMSA, Center for the Arts, Monterrey, Mexico
2007-2008 Recipient of the grant Young Creators 2007-2008, by the National Funding for Culture and Arts, Mexico
2004 Honor Mention in the 2nd Yucatan Biennale, Mérida, México
2003-2004 Recipient of the grant Young Creators 2003-2004, by the State Funding for Culture and
Arts, Mexico
2001-2002 Recipient of the grant Young Creators 2001-2002, by the National Funding for Culture
and Arts, Mexico


ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2009 A+D, LABoral Centro de Arte, Gijon, Spain
2007 Art Omi International Artist's Residence, Omi, NY
2006 ArtLab San Servolo Artist Residence, Venice, Italy
2001 Braziers International Artist Workshop, Oxfordshire, UK


BIBLIOGRAPHY

ARTICLES, INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS:

Kalash, Alberto; Méndez, Jorge. "Dialogo". Revista Taxi, num. 4 (2011) :96-105.
Munguía, Jorge. "Jorge Méndez Blake". Suplemento TOMO. Abril (2011):
Albores, Montserrat. "Jorge Méndez Blake". Artforum Critic's Picks web, abril, (2011).
Méndez, Jorge. "Hands on: Jorge Méndez Blake para 192". Revista 192, num. 14 (2011): 65-72
Reyes, Fernanda. "Jorge Méndez Blake. El hermes de la literatura". Revista Arte al límite, num. 45, (2010): 62-63.
Kurikhina, Marina. "Jorge Méndez Blake. Open Libraries". Revista VGLAZ, num. 1 (2010): 42-47
Pérez, Daniela, "The marquise went out at five, leaving the empty library behind…". Revista Rufino, num. 002 (2010): 30-39.
Garnica, D. "Lecturas a la vista". Revista Luvina, num. 55 (2009): Insercion.
Pohlenz, R. "Jorge Méndez Blake". Revista Flash Art, núm. 261 (2008): 258.
Lammers, G. "Por sus pistolas". Revista Tiempo de Relojes, núm. 51 (2007): 108-112.
Berlanga, J. "Entrevista a Jorge Méndez Blake. Ida y vuelta". Revista La Tempestad Universitaria, núm. 16 (2007): 18-19
Dávila, J., J. Méndez y J. Solórzano. "I Was of Three Minds". Revista Código 06140, año 6, núm. 39 (2007): 36-45.
Teets, J. "El tesoro de Isla Negra". Revista Blink, año 2, núm. 11 (2005): 35
Ibarra, G. "(Sin título) Remasterizando la literatura". Revista SPOT, año II, núm. 7 (2005): 35-38
Lara, B. "Jorge Méndez Blake". Revista Código 06140, año 2, núm. 20 (2004): 36-37
Lara, B. "The Tongue is an Eye". Revista Luvina, núm. 31 (2003): 55-62
Helguera, P. "Jorge Méndez Blake". Revista Art Nexus, núm. 45, Vol. 3 (2002): 116-117.
O'Reilly, S. "Braziers International Artist Workshop". Revista Frieze, noviembre (2001): 132.

CATALOGUES, BOOKS:

Nos hicimos la ilusión de avanzar directamente. Barcelona: Roma Publication, 2011
Never Odd or Even. Nueva York: Goethe-Institute, 2011
NOW. México: Fundación/Colección Jumex, 2011
Resisting the Present. Mexico 2000/2012. París: Musée d'art moderne / ARC, 2011
La vie mode d'emploi (Life a user's manual). Bruselas: Meessen de Clercq, 2011
Destello. México: Fundación/Colección Jumex, 2010
All the Poetry Books. Los Angeles: LAND, 2011
Mountain, Building, Book. Selected Works 2005-2010. Jorge Méndez Blake. Bruselas: Meessen de Clercq, OMR, 2010.
21st Century. Art in the First Decade. Australia: Queensland Art Gallery, 2010
21st Century. Art for Kids. Brisbane:Queensland Art Gallery7Gallery of Modern Art, 2010
Constante. La nueva Babilonia. Guadalajara: Museo de Arte de Zapopan, 2010
IX Bienal Monterrey FEMSA. Monterrey: FEMSA, 2010
Creación en movimiento. 20 años FONCA. México: Conaculta, 2010
Liga 2005-2008. Guadalajara: Liga-Conaculta, 2010
Book, Building, Mountain. Selected Works 2005-2009. Jorge Méndez Blake. Bruselas: Meessen de Clercq, 2009
La invención de lo cotidiano. México: Colección Jumex, 2009
México: Expected/Unexpected. París: Maison Rouge, 2008
Cita. Ciudad: Instrucciones. Foro de Arquitectura Com: Plot. México: Ediciones Anónimas, 2008
Cita. Instructivo para recorrer la ciudad. México: Ediciones Anónimas, 2008
Vento-Sul 4a. Muestra Latinoamericana de Artes Visuales. Curitiba: Instituto Paranaense de Arte, 2007
L' Ottava Tavola. Nueva York: Artist Pension Trust, 2007
Viva México!. Varsovia: Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, 2007
Fatti e Finzione della venusta isola di San Servolo in Venezia. Venecia: San Servolo Servizi, 2006
Esquiador en el fondo de un pozo. México: Colección Jumex, 2006
Dorfsman, A. e Y. Okon (eds.). La panadería. México: Turner, 2005
México en ARCO '05. México: Conaculta, 2005
Méndez, J. (ed.). Dicen que finjo o miento. México: Central de Arte, 2005
Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros. Memoria dos mil cinco. México: Conaculta, 2005
Mexicanos. Madrid: La Casa Encendida, 2005
Charpenel, P., M. Arreola y A. Mallet (eds.). Solo los personajes cambian. México: MARCO, 2005
Basualdo, C. (ed.). Los usos de la imagen: fotografía, film y video en la Colección Jumex. Buenos Aires: Malba Colección Constantini, Colección Jumex y Espacio Fundación Telefónica, 2004
Ashida, C. (ed.) Piel fría. México: Conaculta, 2004
Segunda Bienal de Artes Visuales de Yucatán. México: Conaculta, 2004
23 Zonas. México: Conaculta, 2004
Vidarte 2002. México: Conaculta, 2002
Obras de Arte