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amorales vs amorales, 1999-2003

8 channel color video with sound transferred to DVD

amorales vs amorales, 1999-2003

8 channel color video with sound transferred to DVD

installation view of working class today...mañana nuevos ricos at kunsthalle fredericianum, kassel, germany 2009

why fear the future?, 2005

two channel video projection

57:10 minutes

dark mirror, 2005

two channel video projection on floating screen, animation by andre pahl, score and piano performance by jose mario serralde

6:14 minutes

the nightlife of a shadow II, 2005

oil on canvas

70.87 x 70.87 inches

the nightlife of a shadow V, 2005

oil on canvas

70.87 x 70.87 inches

manimal, 2005

animation video with original music by julián lede

5:30 minutes

telarañas con espacios negativos 02, 2006

paper collage with offset ink

27.17 x 17.72 inches

telarañas con espacios negativos 03, 2006

paper collage with offset ink

27.17 x 17.72 inches

spider web negative banner 4, 2006

embroidered fabric on woolen cloth

90.55 x 59.06 inches

spider web negative banner 6, 2006

embroidered fabric on woolen cloth

90.55 x 59.06 inches

from spider galaxy #04, 2007

oil on canvas

74.8 x 62.99 inches

from spider galaxy #05, 2007

oil on canvas

78.74 x 62.99 inches

panorama, from the series "seven," 2007

set of 30 paper collage drawings

17.72 x 23.62 inches each

panorama, from the series "seven," 2007

set of 30 paper collage drawings

17.72 x 23.62 inches each

el parque, 2006

17 white lacquer aluminum mobiles, wire cables and vinyl graphics

dimensions variable

el parque, 2006

17 white lacquer aluminum mobiles, wire cables and vinyl graphics

dimensions variable

cromofobias # 11, 2010

paper and gouache on cardboard

14.96 x 10.04 inches

cromofobias # 05, 2010

paper and gouache on cardboard

14.96 x 10.04 inches

el estudio por la ventana, 2010

drywall scale 1:1 scale of carlos amorales' studio, graphite, acrylic stencils, graphite on paper and black paper cut-outs

dimensions variable

el estudio por la ventana, 2010

drywall scale 1:1 scale of carlos amorales' studio, graphite, acrylic stencils, graphite on paper and black paper cut-outs

dimensions variable

estudio rorschach 05, 2010

plike black paper cut-outs

45.67 x 62.2 inches

estudio rorschach 07, 2010

plike black paper cut-outs

45.67 x 62.2 inches

incorruptibles, 2010

aluminum

dimensions variable

vagabond in france and belgium, 2011

six posters and book, silkscreen on paper

each poster: 47.24 x 70.87 inches, book: 11.81 x 17.72 inches

vagabond in france and belgium, 2011

six posters and book, silkscreen on paper

each poster: 47.24 x 70.87 inches, book: 11.81 x 17.72 inches

coal drawing machine, 2012

installation view at manifesta 9, gengk, belgium, 2012

fax mantra 04, 2012

charcoal on paper

90.55 x 50 inches

fax mantra 05, 2012

charcoal on paper

90.55 x 50 inches

we'll see how it all reverberates, 2012

steel, copper and epoxy paint

mobile a: 94.49 x 114.17 inches, mobile b: 100.39 x 102.36 inches, mobile c: 104.33 x 94.49 inches

letra h, 2013

gouache on paper

68.5 x 50.79 inches

letra x, 2013

gouache on paper

68.5 x 50.79 inches

máquina caligráfica 2, 2015

stamping ink on india paper

29.53 x 19.29 inches

máquina caligráfica 3, 2015

stamping ink on india paper

29.53 x 19.29 inches

notaciones para el uso de tipografías 4, 2015

charcoal on paper

75 x 54.72 x 1.57 inches

notaciones para el uso de tipografías 5, 2015

charcoal on paper

75 x 54.72 x 1.57 inches

amsterdam, 2013

black and white digital film projected on screen, with sound

21:00 minutes

screen: 66.93 x 118.11 inches

the man who did all things forbidden, 2014

HD black and white video with sound

40:00 minutes

el no me mires, 2015

HD video with sound

49:00 minutes

el esplendor geométrico 10, 2015

silkscreen ink on wooden panels

86.61 x 55.12 x 1.57 inches

el esplendor geométrico 8, 2015

silkscreen ink on wooden panels

86.61 x 55.12 x 1.57 inches

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amorales vs amorales, 1999-2003

8 channel color video with sound transferred to DVD

image

amorales vs amorales, 1999-2003

8 channel color video with sound transferred to DVD

image

installation view of working class today...mañana nuevos ricos at kunsthalle fredericianum, kassel, germany 2009

image

why fear the future?, 2005

two channel video projection

57:10 minutes

image

dark mirror, 2005

two channel video projection on floating screen, animation by andre pahl, score and piano performance by jose mario serralde

6:14 minutes

image

the nightlife of a shadow II, 2005

oil on canvas

70.87 x 70.87 inches

image

the nightlife of a shadow V, 2005

oil on canvas

70.87 x 70.87 inches

image

manimal, 2005

animation video with original music by julián lede

5:30 minutes

image

telarañas con espacios negativos 02, 2006

paper collage with offset ink

27.17 x 17.72 inches

image

telarañas con espacios negativos 03, 2006

paper collage with offset ink

27.17 x 17.72 inches

image

spider web negative banner 4, 2006

embroidered fabric on woolen cloth

90.55 x 59.06 inches

image

spider web negative banner 6, 2006

embroidered fabric on woolen cloth

90.55 x 59.06 inches

image

from spider galaxy #04, 2007

oil on canvas

74.8 x 62.99 inches

image

from spider galaxy #05, 2007

oil on canvas

78.74 x 62.99 inches

image

panorama, from the series "seven," 2007

set of 30 paper collage drawings

17.72 x 23.62 inches each

image

panorama, from the series "seven," 2007

set of 30 paper collage drawings

17.72 x 23.62 inches each

image

el parque, 2006

17 white lacquer aluminum mobiles, wire cables and vinyl graphics

dimensions variable

image

el parque, 2006

17 white lacquer aluminum mobiles, wire cables and vinyl graphics

dimensions variable

image

cromofobias # 11, 2010

paper and gouache on cardboard

14.96 x 10.04 inches

image

cromofobias # 05, 2010

paper and gouache on cardboard

14.96 x 10.04 inches

image

el estudio por la ventana, 2010

drywall scale 1:1 scale of carlos amorales' studio, graphite, acrylic stencils, graphite on paper and black paper cut-outs

dimensions variable

image

el estudio por la ventana, 2010

drywall scale 1:1 scale of carlos amorales' studio, graphite, acrylic stencils, graphite on paper and black paper cut-outs

dimensions variable

image

estudio rorschach 05, 2010

plike black paper cut-outs

45.67 x 62.2 inches

image

estudio rorschach 07, 2010

plike black paper cut-outs

45.67 x 62.2 inches

image

incorruptibles, 2010

aluminum

dimensions variable

image

vagabond in france and belgium, 2011

six posters and book, silkscreen on paper

each poster: 47.24 x 70.87 inches, book: 11.81 x 17.72 inches

image

vagabond in france and belgium, 2011

six posters and book, silkscreen on paper

each poster: 47.24 x 70.87 inches, book: 11.81 x 17.72 inches

image

coal drawing machine, 2012

installation view at manifesta 9, gengk, belgium, 2012

image

fax mantra 04, 2012

charcoal on paper

90.55 x 50 inches

image

fax mantra 05, 2012

charcoal on paper

90.55 x 50 inches

image

we'll see how it all reverberates, 2012

steel, copper and epoxy paint

mobile a: 94.49 x 114.17 inches, mobile b: 100.39 x 102.36 inches, mobile c: 104.33 x 94.49 inches

image

letra h, 2013

gouache on paper

68.5 x 50.79 inches

image

letra x, 2013

gouache on paper

68.5 x 50.79 inches

image

máquina caligráfica 2, 2015

stamping ink on india paper

29.53 x 19.29 inches

image

máquina caligráfica 3, 2015

stamping ink on india paper

29.53 x 19.29 inches

image

notaciones para el uso de tipografías 4, 2015

charcoal on paper

75 x 54.72 x 1.57 inches

image

notaciones para el uso de tipografías 5, 2015

charcoal on paper

75 x 54.72 x 1.57 inches

image

amsterdam, 2013

black and white digital film projected on screen, with sound

21:00 minutes

screen: 66.93 x 118.11 inches

image

the man who did all things forbidden, 2014

HD black and white video with sound

40:00 minutes

image

el no me mires, 2015

HD video with sound

49:00 minutes

image

el esplendor geométrico 10, 2015

silkscreen ink on wooden panels

86.61 x 55.12 x 1.57 inches

image

el esplendor geométrico 8, 2015

silkscreen ink on wooden panels

86.61 x 55.12 x 1.57 inches

carlos amorales

* 1970, Mexico City

 

The work of Carlos Amorales is principally concerned with language and the impossibility or possibility of communicating through non-recognizable or un-codified forms: sounds, gestures, and symbols. He experiments at the limits of image and sign, using different media such as animation, video, film, drawing, installation, performance, and sound. His practice engages in various forms of translation, whereby instruments transform into his film’s characters, letters become shapes, and narratives unfold as non-verbal actions. Amorales used his Liquid Archive as the basis for many of his explorations – an archive he generated for over ten years starting in 1998, comprised of shapes, lines and nodes instead of words. Beyond the Liquid Archive, he has developed other alphabets and systems, which he employs to translate texts that range from museum wall labels to short stories. His pieces exist in a world of their own making, parallel to ours, constantly evolving at the same rhythm as their production process. 

 

Carlos Amorales studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and afterwards he attended the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (1996–97). He has completed residencies with Atelier Calder, Saché, France (2012); Mac/Val, Val-de-Marne, France (2011); and the Smithsonian Artists Research Fellowship, Washington, D.C. (2010).

 


His most important exhibitions include: Year of Mexico in the UK: Carlos Amorales, Turner Contemporary, Margate, United Kingdom (2015); The Man Who Did All Things Forbidden, Film Screening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, United States (2014); Germinal, Tamayo Museum Mexico City, Mexico (2013); Supprimer, modifier et preserver, Mac/Val, Vitry-sur-seine, France (2011); Discarded Spider, Cornerhouse, Manchester, United Kingdom (2010); Working Class Today… Mañana Nuevos Ricos!, Kunsthalle Fredericianum, Kassel, Germany (2009); Dark Mirror, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2008); Faces, The Moore Space, Miami, United States (2007); Carlos Amorales, MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2006); ¿Por qué temer al futuro?, Casa de América, Madrid, Spain; Artium, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2005); The Forest, Creative Time, “The 59th Minute”, Times Square, New York, United States (2004); Fighting Evil (with Style), Contemporary Art Museum USF, Tampa, United States (2002). Moreover, his work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2015); The Guggenheim, New York, The United States (2014); Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, United States (2013); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2013); Werke aus der Sammlung migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego and The Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, United States (2011); S.M.A.K., the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium (2010); Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom (2009); Barbican, London, United Kingdom (2008); Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italia (2008); Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Spain (2008); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2007); Museum of Modern Art MOMA, Nueva York, United States (2007); the Art, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlín and the Neues Museum Weimar, Germany (2006), among others.



Furthermore, his work has been part of biennials such as the 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China (2015); the 2nd and 8th Berlin Biennial, Berlin, Germany (2001 and 2014); Sharjah Biennal, Sharjah (2013); The 12th and 10th Bienal de La Havana. La Havana, Cuba (2015 and 2009); 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennial, Seoul, South Korea (2008); 2nd Moscow Biennial, Moscow Russia (2007).


Carlos Amorales currently lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico.