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Gabriel de la Mora Exhibition SOUND INSCRIPTIONS to Open Next Month at The Drawing Center

Gabriel de la Mora Exhibition SOUND INSCRIPTIONS to Open Next Month at The Drawing Center

Gabriel de la Mora: Sound Inscriptions on Fabric will open next month in the Main Gallery at The Drawing Center. The Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, July 14, from 6-8pm.

The Drawing Center presents Mexican artist Gabriel de la Mora's exhibition Sound Inscriptions on Fabric, an installation of fifty-five pairs of found speaker screens, each of which carries the "drawn" imprint of dust generated by the sound of countless voices, songs, commercials, news broadcasts, and static that passed through the fabric screen during the speaker's useful life.

De la Mora, formerly an architect, is best known for constructing collections of found, discarded, and obsolete objects, such as eggshells and shoe soles, which he describes as caches for historical information about everyday life. Through a classificatory process, De la Mora deconstructs, photographs, and documents each object he accumulates. For his exhibition at The Drawing Center, De la Mora studied all of the fifty-five pairs of speaker grills with obsessive inquisitiveness to uncover the unique underlying architecture of each one. Sound Inscriptions on Fabric demonstrates De la Mora's distinctive approach to drawing as durational and readymade rather than an act of immediate creation by the artist's hand. This exhibition is curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director.

Concurrently in the Drawing Room Open Sessions 7: Hibernating Plan is a group exhibition that considers drawing in relationship to the sense of suspended time inherent in planning. Featuring artists Sheree Hovsepian, Rafael Kelman, Arnold Kemp, Thessia Machado, Sun Moqing, Sara Chang Yan, and Tuguldur Yondonjamts, the exhibition explores the notion of the "sketch" in relation to the instinct to hibernate, intuit, and mull over. Including works that feature light, sound, drawing, sculpture, and moving image, Hibernating Plansuggests that drawing exists alongside other forms of knowledge that cannot be exclusively acquired by observation, reason, or experience. Curated by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway.


Gabriel de la Mora: Sound Inscriptions on Fabric is made possible by the support of Sofía Anaya and Rogelio López, José Antonio García Ocejo, Cecilia Anaya and Enrique Gámez, Verónica Anaya, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, and Jack and Anne Moriniere. Additional support is provided by the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and the Consulate General of Mexico in New York (SRE).

Special thanks to Timothy Taylor, London, and Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City.

Open Sessions is made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the Tom Slaughter Open Sessions Fund, Faber-Castell, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The Drawing Center, a museum in Manhattan's SoHo district, explores the medium of drawing as primary, dynamic, and relevant to contemporary culture, the future of art and creative thought. Its activities, which are both multidisciplinary and broadly historical, include exhibitions; Open Sessions, a curated artist program encouraging community and collaboration; the Drawing Papers publication series; and education and public programs.

Location: 35 Wooster Street (btwn Broome and Grand St) in SoHo, New York. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 12pm-6pm; Thursday: 12pm-8pm. Tickets: Adults: $5; Students & Seniors: $3; Children under 12: Free Thursdays 6-8pm free admission for all visitors. The Drawing Center is wheelchair accessible. Call 212.219.2166, email, or visit for more information.

Image: Gabriel de la Mora, B-91, 2015. Vintage radio speaker fabric, 12 5/8 x 9 1/8 inches. Courtesy of Timothy Taylor, London; Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City; and Sicardi Gallery, Houston.

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