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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

 

In his artistic research, Carlos Amorales is interested mainly in language and the impossibility/possibility of communicating through means that are unrecognizable or not codified: sounds, gestures, and symbols. Amorales experiments at the limits between image and sign with an array of platforms: animation, video, film, drawing, installation, performance, and sound. His practice is based on different forms of translation: instruments that become characters in his films, letters that become shapes, and narratives unfold as non-verbal actions. As the basis for many of his explorations, Amorales has used Liquid Archive: a project composed of shapes, lines and nodes instead of words that he started in 1998 and continued to nourish for over ten years. In addition to Liquid Archive, he has developed other alphabets and systems that he uses to translate texts that range from museum labels to short stories. The works of Amorales exist in an alternate world of their own making, parallel to ours; constantly evolving at the same rhythm that they are produced.

 

Carlos Amorales studied in Amsterdam at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (1996–97) and Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (1992–95). He has participated in artistic residencies at the Atelier Calder in Saché (2012) and MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine in France (2011), and as part of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship program in Washington, D.C. (2010).

 

Some of his most important exhibitions include: Axioms for Action, MUAC- Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Ciudad de México, México (2018); Herramientas de trabajo, MAMM-Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia (2017); Prelude, Bellas Artes Projects Outpost, Manila, Philippines (2017); Carlos Amorales, Turku Art Museum, Finland (2016); We Will See How Everything Reverberates, as part of The Dual Year of the United Kingdom and Mexico, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2015); The Man Who Did All Things Forbidden, Philadelphia Museum of Art, United States (2014); Germinal, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2013); Supprimer, modifier et préserver, MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-seine, France (2011); Discarded Spider, Cornerhouse, Manchester, United Kingdom (2010); Working Class Today… Mañana Nuevos Ricos!, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (2009); Dark Mirror, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2008); Faces, The Moore Space, Miami, United States (2007); Carlos Amorales, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina (2006); ¿Por qué temer al futuro?, Casa de América, Madrid and Artium, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2005); The Forest, Creative Time, as part of the screening The 59th Minute in Times Square, New York (2004); Fighting Evil (with Style), USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, United States (2002).

 

His work has also been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as: Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich, Switzerland (2017); neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), Berlin (2017); an exhibition by Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA at MAK Center for Art and Architecture- Schindler House, West Hollywood, United States (2017); de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam (2016); South London Gallery (SLG) (2016); MUSAC-Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain (2016); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2015); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); Phoenix Art Museum, United States (2013); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2013); Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, United States (2011); S.M.A.K.- Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium (2010); Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom (2009); Barbican Centre, London (2008); Galleria Civica di Trento, Italy (2008); MARCO- Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Spain (2008); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2007); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin and Neues Museum Weimar, Germany (2006), among others.

 

Carlos Amorales represented Mexico at the 57th Venice Biennial with the project Life in the Folds (2017). His work has been part other biennials such as the 10th Shanghai Biennale, China (2015); 2 and 8 Berlin Biennial (2001 and 2014); Sharjah Biennal 11, United Arab Emirates (2013); The 12th and 10th Bienal de la Habana, La Havana, Cuba (2015 and 2009); 5th SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, South Korea (2008); 2 nd Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art (2007).


Carlos Amorales lives and works in Mexico City.