June 3, 2015 - La Kunsthalle Mulhouse - Jorge Méndez Blake
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June 3, 2015

Jorge Méndez Blake

Jorge Méndez Blake, The James Joyce Monument, 2012. Plexiglas, metal, mirror, 140 x 80 x 75 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Meessen de Clercq, OMR, Travesia Cuatro and 1301PE galleries.

Jorge Méndez Blake
Projets pour une Possible Littérature / Projects for a Possible Literature 

June 4–August 23, 2015

Opening: Wednesday, June 3, 6:30pm

La Kunsthalle Mulhouse / La Fonderie
16 rue de la Fonderie
68093 Mulhouse Cedex
France

T +33 (0)3 69 77 66 47
kunsthalle [​at​] mulhouse.fr

kunsthallemulhouse.com

Projects for a Possible Literature is Jorge Méndez Blake’s first exhibition in a French art center.  

Through drawings, installations or environmental interventions, Jorge Méndez Blake brings literature closer to art. In his work, texts have a meaning, which he translates into shapes or images. He amplifies it through an expertly constructed conceptual language, and takes part in rewriting games. From his monumental installations to his simplest gestures, he imbues his work with a physical relationship between the chosen texts and the reader, who becomes a viewer.

His work creates new connections between literature and architecture. His pieces broaden the possible readings between authors, texts and architecture by placing them in new contexts. 

Jorge Méndez Blake sees the exhibition at La Kunsthalle as an opportunity to come back to some of his existing work, but also to create numerous new pieces. He presents his work in an almost encyclopedic manner, gathering a range of buildings, books and other constructions to make up a complete collection of the formal elements of his work. The result is a set of small pieces which all carry the make-up for a possible literature.  

Jorge Méndez Blake was born in 1974 in Guadalajara, Mexico. He has been the subject of solo presentations at MUAC Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, México City (2015); MCA Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (2014); Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Geneva, Italy (2012); Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles (2010); Museo Tamayo (2010) and Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City (2008). 

His work has been featured in group exhibitions at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2015); MCA Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, USA (2014); Aspen Museum of Art, USA (2012); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2012); Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, Spain (2012); Queensland Art Gallery, Australia (2010); Bass Museum, Miami (2009); Maison Rouge, Paris (2008); Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (2008); MAC/VAL Musée d’art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Paris, France (2007), among others.

He also participated at 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); SABER DESCONOCER, 43 Salón (Inter) Nacional de Artistas,Medellín, Colombia (2013). 

Curated by Sandrine Wymann

Reception during Art Basel at La Kunsthalle: Friday, June 19, 7pm 
Shuttle from Basel to Mulhouse: Departure at 6:15pm 
Corner Iseinerstrasse/Bleichestrasse
Return at 9pm  

Enquiries/Press office: Clarisse Schwarb 
clarisse.schwarb [​at​] mulhouse.fr

La Kunsthalle Mulhouse is a member of d.c.a.
La Kunsthalle is a cultural establishment of the City of Mulhouse. 
With the support from – the Regional Cultural Affairs Office of Alsace – the Ministry of Culture and Communication – Department of Haut-Rhin.

 

Jorge Méndez Blake at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse
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