Jorge Méndez Blake

Biography

Born in Guadalajara, México (Mexico) in 1974. Lives and works in Guadalajara, México (Mexico).

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Marfa contemporary, Marfa, Texas (USA) upcoming

Apollinaire’s Misspell and Other Calligrams, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (Belgium)

2016

Ventana Poniente, OMR Gallery, Mexico City (Mexico)

Nocturnos, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid (Spain)

2015

Projects for a possible Literature, La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse (France)

Traslaciones topográficas de la Biblioteca Nacional, MUAC, México (Mexico)

Not to read, 1301 PE, Los Angeles (USA)

2014

Measuring Poetry, Faggionato, London (UK)

Project for a Park Library, The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver (USA)

Al margen del texto, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid (Spain)

HIC ET NUNC Sobre paradojas democráticas, MUCA Roma, México City (Mexico)

2013

Nothing is Left to Tell, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (Belgium)

2012

All the Calvino Books (and other stories), Villa Croce, Genova (Italy)

Poems and Monuments, 1301PE, Los Angeles (USA)

All the Borges' Books, Frame, Frieze, New York, (USA)

Ceboruco, OMR Gallery, Mexico City (Mexico)

2011

Biblioteca Mallarmé, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid (Spain)

Empty Bookshelf, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (Belgium)

2010

The Constructivist Library, Art Positions, Art Basel Miami (USA)

The Red Library, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (Belgium)

La Marquesa salio a las cinco , Museo Tamayo, Mexico D.F. (Mexico) 

All the Poetry Books, Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles (USA) 

2009

The Borges Library, Project Room, Present Future Artissima Art Fair, Torino (Italy)

3 bibliotecas, OMR Gallery, Ciudad de México (Mexico)

Art Brussels Solo show, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (Belgium)

Das Kapital, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (Belgium)

2008

The Exploration, Library Moti Hasson Gallery, New York (USA) 

The Castle, Museo de Arte Moderno, Ciudad de México (Mexico) 

2007

The Castle, José Cornejo Franco Public Library, Guadalajara (Mexico)

2006

Fiction is the Beginning of Exile, OMR Gallery, Ciudad de México (Mexico) 

2005

Isla Negra's Treasure, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Ciudad de México (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, México City (Mexico) 

2002

Journey to the Center of the Earth, Arena México Gallery, Guadalajara (Mexico)

Artists can write, INTAR Gallery, New York (USA) 

2001

Stage, Zapopan Project, Guadalajara (Mexico)


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

 Fisuras en el tropico. Practicas des los 90's en el occidente, OPC, Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) upcoming

Du verbe à la communication, Carré d'art, Nîmes (France)

The queen falls, OMR, Mexico City (Mexico)

Dimensões varia veis, artistas e arquitetura, MAAT, Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia, Lisboa (Portugal)

2016

Cómo te voy Olvidar?, Galerie Perrotin, Paris (France)

Overburden, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art Bard College, Annadele-on-Hudson (USA)

After Alexandria, The Flood, PROTO5533, Istanbul (Turkey)

2015

A.N.T.H.R.O.P.O.C.E.N.E, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (Belgium)

LARA (Latin American Roaming Artist), Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (Mexico)

By the Book, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York (USA)

2014

Requiem for the Bibliophile, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, California (USA)

Limited Visibility, CAM, Raleigh (USA)

Saint Jerome, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (Belgium)

Un lugar en dos dimensiones: una selección de la Colección Jumex+Fred Sandback, Fundación/ Colección Jumex, Mexico City (Mexico)

Ilusión Optica, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico.

Mex Pro Mexico Art Project, Museo Revoltella, Museo Storico del Castello di Miramare, Viale Miramare, Tireste (Italy)

2013

Numbers in the Dark, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Alberta, (Canada). Curated by Ryan Doherty and Florencia Malbrán

My Third Land, Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, (Netherlands). Curated by Nathanja Van Dijck and Caroline H. Drake

Mom, Am I Barbarian?, 13th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (Turkey)

SABER DESCONOCER, 43 Salón (Inter) Nacional de Artistas, Museo de Antioquia, Medellín (Colombia)

Grants & Commissions Program Exhibition: Deferred Archive, CIFO Grant Program Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami (USA)

El deseo o la emergencia de lo privado en lo público, Centro Cultural de España en Lima (Peru)

Panorámica. Paisajes 2013-1969, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (Mexico.)

Escotoma. Historias de Butades, Galería Metropolitana de la UAM, Mexico City (Mexico)

Programa de video Televisa ZONA MACO, Fundación Televisa, Zona MACO, Mexico City (Mexico)

Monkey Business. The Paradox of Value, Galerie Sophie Scheidecker. Paris (France)

Lo arribante ya habitaba ahí, intervenciones en hoteles Habita. Grupo Habita, Mexico City (Mexico)

The Life of Others. Repetition And Survival, Akbank Art Center, Istanbul (Turkey)

Earth and elsewhere, Queensland Art Gallery (Australia)

2012

Pas encore, Galerie Sultana, Paris (France)

Misrepresentation, Mistake, and Non-Disclosure, Rove Gallery, London (UK)

Block, Pillar, Slab, Beam, Aspen Museum of Art, Aspen (USA) curated by Matthew Thompson

Footnotes on Candida Höfer, OMR Gallery, Mexico City (Mexico)

Pas encore, Galerie Sultana, Paris, (France) curated by Frédéric Bonnet

Greetings from Los Angeles, Starkwhite, Auckland (New Zealand) curated by Brian Butler

Poule!, The Jumex Collection, Ecatepec, (Mexico) curated by Michel Blancsubé

Resisting the Present, Museum of Modern Art, Paris (France) Curated by Angeline Scherf and Angeles Alonso

Voyage, Voyage, Maison de l'Amerique Latine, Paris (France) curated by Albertine de Galbert

Itinerarios XVIII, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander (Spain)

Extrarradio, Mustang Art Gallery, Elche (Spain) curated by José Luis Corazón

En obras. Colección Teixeira de Freitas, TEA Tenerife, (Spain) curated by Adriano Pedrosa

2011

La Vie Mode d'Emploi (Life A User's Manual), Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (Belgium)

Nos habiamos hecho la illusion de ir derectamente, Espai Cultural, Barcelona (Spain) Forthcoming

Five Easy Pieces, Franco Noero Gallery, Torino (Italy) Forthcoming

Resisting the present, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France and Amparo Museum, Puebla (Mexico)

Everything Must Go, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York (USA)

Atardecer ranchero, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid (Spain)

Destello, The Jumex Collection, Ecatepec (México)

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

Public Art Section, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami (USA)

De Frente Al Sol, curated by P. Charpenel, Galerie Martin Janda, Wien (Austria)

Mexico : Expected - Unexpected , B.P.S. 22, Charleroi (Belgium)

Constante la nueva Babilonia , Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara (Mexico) 

Twenty-first Century, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland (Canada)

One Room, One Work, 1301PE, Los Angeles (USA)

A+D. Alegorías de la migración, Instituto Cabañas, Guadalajara (México)

The Mole Horizon, Bozar, Center for Fine Arts, Brussels (Belgium)

Voces Invisibles/ Unseen voices, Proa Foundation, Buenos Aires (Argentina) 

2009

México : Expected-Unexpected, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Where do we go from here ?, Bass Museum, Miami (USA)

Zona Maco, OMR Gallery, Monterrey (Mexico)

One foot Apart, Leme Gallery, Sao Paulo (Brasil)

1301PE Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)

Mexico: Expected/Unexpected, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Tenerife (Spain)

ArtBasel 40, Galeria OMR (Mexico City), Basel ( Zwitserland)

Nothingness and Being, Fundación/Colección JUMEX, Ecatepec (México)

Una serie de microfascismo s consecutivos y sin fin, MUCA Roma, Ciudad de México (México)

Pavillion m, Madonna del Orto, Venezia (Italy)

Opus 6, Teatro Diana, Guadalajara, (México) 

2008

Animal Roto, Museo de Arte Moderno, Ciudad de México (Mexico)

La invention de la Cotidiano, Museo Nacional de Arte, Ciudad de México (Mexico)

Obra Pùblica, Instituto Cultural Cabanas, Guadalajara (Mexico)

City: Instructions, urban interventions on diverse locations, Guadalajara (Mexico)

Unexpected México, The Isabel and Agustín Coppel Collection, Maison Rouge, Paris (France)

Art Basel, OMR Gallery, Basel (Switzerland)

The Best Art Work in the World (or The Portrait of the Artist), Charro Negro Gallery, Guadalajara (Mexico)

25 años, OMR Gallery, Ciudad de México (Mexico)

MACO, International Art Fair, Moti Hasson Gallery and OMR Gallery, Ciudad de México (Mexico)

Implications of Image, Arts and Sciences University Museum, MUCA, CU, Ciudad de México (Mexico)

2007

Art Basel Miami, International art Fair, OMR Gallery, Miami (USA)

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, Paraenense Art Institute, Curitiba (Brazil)

L'Ottava Tavola: An Etymology of Contemporary Codes, Cortona (Italy)

Art Basel, International Art Fair, OMR Gallery, Basel (Switzerland)

Glitch, Triangle Project Space, San Antonio (USA)

LA Art, International Art Fair, OMR Gallery, New York (USA) 

2006

Object-Book, Editions, National Museum of the Stamp, México DF (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, Ciudad de México (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, México DF (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, Florida (USA)

Within Temporary Crossroads, Central de Arte, Guadalajara (Mexico) 

Vulnerable, Hermenegildo Bustos and Polivalent Rooms, Guanajuato University, Guanajuato (Mexico)

Mexico Illuminated, Freedman Gallery, Reading, PA (USA)

Passages, Rufino Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, México DF (Mexico)

REMIX, Arena México Gallery, Guadalajara (Mexico)

Arena México, 3 Artists from Guadalajara, Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York, (USA)

Cold Skin, Carrillo Gil Museum, México DF, Center for the Arts, Monterrey, Mexican Institue, París (France) 

Creation in Movement. National Center for the Arts, México DF (Mexico)

2002        

Item. Spain Cultural Center in México, México DF (Mexico)

7 dilemmas, Museum of Modern Art, Mexico DF (Mexico)

Untouchable, Luis Barragán Hommage , Clavijero House, Guadalajara (Mexico)

Site and surface. University of Guanajuato, Guanajuato (Mexico)

Vidarte 2002, International Festival of Video and Electronic Arts, Palacio de Correos, México DF (Mexico)

MexArtFest, Osaka Sky Building, Osaka (Japan)

Sauvage, La panaderia, México DF (Mexico)

Winter Show, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York (USA)

Leisure Theory, The JUMEX Collection, Estado de México (Mexico) 

Anecdot, Arte 3 Gallery, León (Mexico)

2001

Braziers Internacional Artist Workshop, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire (UK)

It´s not so much a living hell, it´s just a dying fiction, FAZ Studio, Guadalajara (Mexico) 

Confulgente hado (or Reinventing Principles) New Visual Art Talents in Mexican Art, Ex Teresa Arte Actual -

Bancomer Cultural Foundation, México DF (Mexico)

Proyecta Versión 1.0, Goethe Institute, Guadalajara (Mexico)

2000        

Propulsión a Chorro, Museum of the Arts, Guadalajara (Mexico)

1999        

A Day After 2000, Museum of the Arts, Guadalajara  (México)

Simulacria, 16/16, Guadalajara (Mexico)

Superfino, 16/16, Guadalajara (México)


SHOWS AS MEMBER OF THE COLLECTIVE PROJECT EDICIONES EL CHINO (2000-2004)

2006        

a.20. XX Century Art in Jalisco. Cabañas Museum, Guadalajara (México)

Ediciones el chino, OPA, Guadalajara (México)

Sensible Inmateriality. Lake House, México DF (Mexico)

2004        

Image Uses: Photography, Film and Video in the JUMEX Collection, MALBA, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

The Hive, The JUMEX Colection, Edo. de México (Mexico)

2003        

To Be Political It Has To Look Nice, Apex Art, New York (USA)

In the Absence of Recombination and a Mexican Video Extravaganza, Bronx River Art Center, New York (USA)

L' artiste portatif, Mexican Institute, París (France)

2002        

Zebra Crossing, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlín (Germany)

Sauvage, La Panaderia, México DF (Mexico)

2001        

Monterrey Biennale FEMSA 2001, Center for the Arts, Monterrey (Mexico)

2000        

Video Screening, 291Gallery, London (UK)

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2009

A + D, LABoral, CEntro de Arte / O'DAM, grant for atistic Residence, Gijon (Spain)

2007        

Art Omi, International Artist's Residence, Omi, New York (USA)

2006        

ArtLab San Servolo, Artist Residence, Venice (Italy)

2001        

Braziers, International Artist Workshop, Oxfordshire (UK)

 

AWARDS

2014-2016

Member of the National System of Art Creators, by the National Funding for Culture and Arts (FONCA), Mexico (Mexico)

2012

Fine Arts Scholarship by the Foundation of Art Cisneros Fontanals (CIFO), Miami (USA)

2007-08    

Recipient of the grant Young Creators 2007-2008, by the National Funding for Culture and Arts.

2004        

Honor Mention in the 2nd Yucatan Biennale, Mérida, Yucatán (Mexico)

2003-04    

Recipient of the grant Young Creators 2003-2004, by the State Funding for Culture and Arts.

2002        

Selected work for the XXIII National Young Art Encounter, Contemporary Art Museum, Aguascalientes (Mexico)

Selected work for Vidarte. International Festival of Video and Electronic Arts, Palacio de Correos (Mexico)

2001-02    

Recipient of the grant Young Creators 2001-2002, by the National Funding for Culture and Arts.

2001        

Selected work for the Monterrey Biennale FEMSA 2001, Center for the Arts, Monterrey (Mexico)

 (As member of the collective project Ediciones El Chino)

 

CONFERENCES, CURATORIAL, TEACHING EXPERIENCE, OTHERS.

2011-12

Professor in Residence, SOMA, Mexico City (Mexico)

2002-10

Associated Professor in Architecture and Design School, ITESO University, Guadalajara (Mexico)

2008        

City: Instructions. Curator.  Urban interventions on diverse locations, Guadalajara (Mexico)

The Best Art Work in the World (or The Portrait of the Artist.  Curator. Charro Negro Gallery, Guadalajara (Mexico)

2007        

Art People. Jorge Méndez Blake Talks to Elisa Alanís, Public Interview. Arts and Sciences University Museum,

MUCA, CU (Mexico)

Honk Kong Syndicate. Curator. Second Floor Art Space, Guadalajara (Mexico)

2001-08    

Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory of Design, Architecture and Design School, ITESO University, Guadalajara (Mexico)

2006        

Union Western by Alejandro Fournier.  Curator. Raul Anguiano Museum, Guadalajara (Mexico)

Jorge Méndez Blake Talks to Ana Elena Mallet, Artist talk. Implications of Image Show, Sinaloa Museum of Art (Mexico)

2005-06    

Bureaucracy. The Work of Luis Miguel Suro. Associated Curator. October 2005 - January 2006, Art Central, Guadalajara (Mexico)

2004        

They Say I Fake or I Lie. Fiction Revisited. Curator. November 2004 - February 2005, Art Central, Guadalajara (Mexico)

Urban Expeditions. Workshop. Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO), Monterrey (Mexico)

2000-04    

Member of the Collective Project Ediciones El Chino.

2003        

Conceptual Art, a Perspective 1965-1975. Conference. School of Visual Arts, University of Guadalajara (Mexico)

Introduction to Contemporary Art. Seminar at Casa Gonzalez Luna, Guadalajara (Mexico)

2001        

Maurizio Cattelan, Conference. Natural History Museum, Guadalajara (Mexico)

1998-2001

Cofounder of Space 16/16, independent art space in Guadalajara (Mexico)