Gorka Mohamed

En mi pintura existe una tensión entre lo irracional y las estructuras más fijas e organizadas. Muestra la tensión del individuo contemporáneo que se ve invadido por un entorno cada vez más apático y anulador, que lo hace cada vez más minúsculo e inválido en un contexto sociopolítico en el que no hay posibilidad real de elección. Un mundo que está grotescamente saturado de imágenes e información que anulan la aptitud crítica frente a lo que ocurre y nos invita a la pasividad. Ante esto, entiendo el modo de pensar asociado a la pintura como proceso de inversión de valores, de ausencias de límites y como proyecto vital.

 

Encontramos en mi trabajo una ansia por desentramar visualmente los diferentes tejidos y capas de la realidad de nuestro entorno cultural. Una insistencia en adherir elementos ya contaminados y desmenuzados por la semántica, erigiendo con sencillez nuevas miradas a partir de la ruinas de la modernidad y de nuestra realidad cultural.

 

 Ese acumular de formas ha dado como resultado en mis últimos trabajos un tipo de pintura que se asemeja en su proceso a la construcción escultóricas o el ensamblaje,  a través del lenguaje pictórico;  con la intención de reflejar aquello que nos afecta psicológicamente de nuestro entorno sociocultural. Como si presentar lo tóxico de la humanidad fuera el catalizador de su propio remedio.

 

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There is a tension in my paintings between the irrational and other more fixed and organised structures. The work shows the tension of the contemporary individual invaded by an environment which is more and more emotionless and alienating, which shrinks and invalidates him in a socio-political context where there is not a real possibility of choice; a world grotesquely saturated by images and information that cancel a critical aptitude towards what is happening, and that invites us to passivity. Following these thoughts, I understand the way of  "thinking through painting" as a process associated with a reversal of values, an absence of limits, and as a life project.

 

There is also an anxiety to unravel visually the different weaves and layers of our cultural surrounding’s reality. Furthermore, there is an insistence to adhere elements already contaminated and crumbled by the semantics, raising with simplicity a new look on the ruins of modernity and our cultural reality.

 

In my recent works, I am interested in building characters out of an accumulation of shapes, forms and objects. This approach in painting could be compared with the process of constructing sculptures or assemblages. Besides, the paintings embrace a polymorphous perversity close to the one that takes place in classical cartoons. Through this pictorial language there is the intention to reflect on the things that are affecting us psychologically in our sociocultural reality, as if the fact of presenting the toxic found in humanity would work as the catalyst of its own remedy.

 

 

(Santander-Cantabria, 1978)

Vive y trabaja en Londres / Lives and works in London.

PÁGINA WEB / WEB PAGE: GORKA MOHAMED

 

GALERÍAS / GALLERIES: JUAN SILIÓ

EDUCACIÓN / EDUCATION

 

2006-08

  • Master in Fine Arts, Goldsmiths College, London, UK

1997-2003

  • Graduate in Art and Design, Escola Massana. Barcelona, Spain


EXPOSICIONES Y PROYECTOS INDIVIDUALES / SOLO SHOWS AND PROJECTS

 

2014

  • Project Room at Arte Santander. Santander,Spain.

2011

  • 'Riendo Hacia Atrás', Galeria Distrito4. Madrid, Spain.

2010

  • 'Tautologies', Gallery b'one. Seul, Korea.

2009

  • 'Toon Toon'. Galeria Siboney. Santander, Spain.

  • Cota Uno (Project Room). Arte Santander, Spain.

2006

  • Puente de la Vision'. Contemporary Museum of Santander, Spain

  • 'Ghosts and Premonitions'.Galeria Luis Adelantado, Valencia

 

EXPOSICIONES COLECTIVAS / GROUP SHOWS

 

2014

  • ‘100 Painters of Tomorrow’. One Art Space Gallery. New York. USA.

  • ‘Exeter Contemporary Open 2014’ Exeter Phoenix. Exeter, UK.    

  • ‘Untitled (Unconscious) TJBoulting Gallery, London. UK.

2013

  • ‘Creekside Open 2011 Selected by Ceri Hand. A.P.T. Gallery.’, A.P.T Gallery, London.

  • ‘Ultima pintura en las colecciones del DA2 y la Fundación Coca-Cola’. Museo de ArteContemporáneo de Arrecife (MIAC). Lanzarote, Spain

  •  ‘Meaning Making’ (curated by Monica Alvarez Careaga ), touring show: New York, Washington, Brussels.

  2012 ‘'Enlaces + Seis Contextos. Museo Patio Herreriano. Valladolid, Spain.

      ‘Salon Art Prize’. Matt Roberts Arts gallery. London.

      ‘Swollen Jungle’. Union Gallery, London.

2012

  • ‘ Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts Gallery Space. London

‘Swollen Jungle’, Union Gallery. London.

2011

  • ‘Creekside Open 2011 Selected by Dexter Dalwood’, A.P.T Gallery, London.

  • ‘Young London’, V22 Collection. London.

  • ‘Translate/Transcribe’, 15th Art Moscow. Moscow, Russia.

  • `Wonderpia’, Seoul Museum of Contemporary Art, Nanji Studio Gallery. Seoul, Korea.

  • ‘Ultima Pintura’ (Collections from DA2 & Coca-Cola Foundation), DA2. Salamanca, Spain.

2010

  • Odd Place, Artside Gallery. Seoul, Korea.

  • TAG, Brown Gallery, London.

  • DA2. Acquisitions 2010 from Coca Cola Foundation. Salamanca, Spain.

  • ‘Enlaces+4’, Patio Herreriano Museum. Valladolid, Spain.

  • Bright Lights London Painting, Resy Muijsers contemporary art. Tilburg, Netherlands.

  • il alla A lai de lA il, Crimes Town Gallery. London, UK.

  • Bragales Collection, Palacio de Sástago. Zaragoza. Spain.

2009

  • Ventriloquist (curated by Emma Dexter), Timothy Taylor Gallery.London, UK.

  • Code of Being (Jill Mason, Eemyun Kang, Gorka Mohamed), Gallery With Space. Beijing, China.

  • Modern Times, Vegas Gallery. London, UK.

  • Notes from the underground, James Taylor Gallery.London, UK.

2008

  • Enlaces+3, Patio Herreriano Museum. Valladolid, Spain.

2007

  • Planes Futuros (curated by Lorena and Maria del Corral), Sala Baluarte, Pamplona, Spain

  • Celeste Art Prize: T2 The Old Truman Brewery, London. Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh

  • Beauty & Sadness (Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Juan Uslé, Eduardo Gruber, Gorka Mohamed, Manu

  • Arregui amount others): Galeria Torreao Nascente da Condoaria Nacional, Lisbon.

  • Industrie-und Handelskammer. Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • ‘Fall-in Theatre’, V22 Basement, London.

 

PREMIOS / PRIZES

 

2014

  • Honourable Mention in the category of painting at 2013 Beers Contemporary Award for Emerging Art.

  • Finalist at Exeter Contemporary Open 2014. Exeter Phoenix. Exteter, UK.

2008

  • Winner of the Warden's Purchase Prize. Goldsmiths College

2005

  • Winner of the Pancho Cossio contest, Santander, Spain.

  • Selected in the contest Caja Madrid Generation 2005. Madrid, Spain.

2005

  • Arteleku Grant, San Sebastian, Spain

  • Residency in Piramidon, Barcelona, Spain

2002

  • ¨Winner of the Casimiro Sainz contest, Reinosa, Spain

2001

  • Grant of studies by Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain

1997

  • Winner of the Pancho Cossio contest, Santander, Spain

 

CÁTALOGOS Y PUBLICACIONES / CATALOGUES AND PUBLICATIONS

 

  • 100 Painters of Tomorrow by Thames & Hudston (2014)

  • Young London 2011-2014 Catalogue by V22 Collection & Grey Tiger Books (2014)

  • 2014/Antes de irse.40 ideas sobre la pintura by David Barro (2013)

  • Wonderpia, text by Lee Jinmung & Kira Kim (2011)

  • Odd Place, text by Lee Jinmyung (2010)

  • Tautologies, text by Raúl Zamudio (2010)

  • Toon Toon, text by Kristian Leahy (2009)

  • Turpsbanana issue nº 6, Review by Sarah Douglas (2009)

  • Silenci? (2009)

  • Planes Futuros by Lorena & Maria del Corral. Text by Cedar Lewisohn (2007)

  • Celeste Art Prize (2007).

  • Emerging Art in Spain by Manuela Villa (2006 )

  • Beauty and Sadness by Monica Alvarez Careaga (2007)

  • Puente de la Vision by the Museum of Santander. Text by Isabel Portilla (2006)

  • D[x]i Magazine, issue 21 (2006)

  • Street Logos by Tristan Manco (2004)

 

CONFERENCIAS / LECTURES

  • "La cultura alternativa como alternativa cultural", University of Cantabria. Cantabria, Spain. 2007

 

OBRAS EN COLECCIONES PUBLICAS / WORKS ON PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

  • Olor Visual Collection. Spain

  • Patio Herreriano, Museum of Spanish Contemporary Art, Valladolid, Spain

  • Bank Caja Madrid, Madrid, Spain

  • Fundacion Coca-Cola. Madrid, Spain.

  • Ayuntamiento de Reinosa, Reinosa, Spain

  • Culture Department of Cantabria, Santander, Spain

  • Goldsmiths College, University of London.