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Artist’s Project: Carlos Amorales

By Carlos Amorales

ESOPUS 24 (Spring 2017)
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For a number of years, Mexican artist Carlos Amorales has created a visual archive of vector images, taken from books, magazines, films, and the Internet that he has incorporated into videos, installations, performances, sculptures, drawings, paintings, and collages. For Music for Talking Ocarinas, Amorales offer 16 pages—and a stunning 22 x 32" removable poster—of ghostly Xeroxed images and musical scores that weave together these mysterious and haunting forms in evocative ways.

Born in Mexico in 1970, Carlos Amorales works in video, animation, drawing, sculpture, installation, and performance. Since 1998, Amorales has amassed a “liquid archive” of drawings in the form of vector graphics, which he uses to create his visual compositions. In 2007, the Dutch graphic designers Mevis & Van Deursen collaborated with Amorales to produce a book of these compositions entitled Carlos Amorales: Liquid Archive, Why Fear the Future. The artist’s wrestling performance piece, Amorales v Amorales, was staged in 2003 at the Tate Modern in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Amorales has had recent solo exhibitions of his work at the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City (2013) and the Harvard Art Museums (2015). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions around the world, and his work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and many other institutions. Based in Mexico City, Amorales is represented by Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris and New York, and by Kurimanzutto in Mexico City. Later this year, he will represent Mexico at the 57th Venice Biennale.