Gabriel Rico lives and works between Lagos de Moreno and Guadalajara in Mexico. He studied architecture at the Instituro de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO). His work explores the production processes and the aesthetic and compositional possibilities of objects, with a particular interest in morphological conditions caused by erosion. His work has been shown in museums, galleries, and independent spaces in Mexico, Colombia, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, and South Korea.
GABRIEL AT BAR
C: Please introduce yourself (background and artistic discipline)
G: I am a Mexican artist who studied architecture but I am dedicated to the production of contemporary art for 12 years, at this time my work is developed more as sculpture, in which I use found objects and mix them with objects that I produce, use materials such as ceramics, neon, brass, clay and wood.
C: How do you find Beirut as a living and working space?
G: I like the idea of orking in places I had never been before, it's good to leave your comfort zone and try to create new pieces from scratch, in the specific case of Beirut I liked the kind of materials I can find in markets and bazaars.
C: What projects did you work on while here?
G: I am developing an on-site intervention for the pyramid of the Niemeyer international fair in Tripoli, which will be presented in September 2018.
C: Why do you do residencies?
G: To complement the development of my career from the exploration of new specific contexts.
C: What will you take back with you from this residency?
G: The possibility of knowing a country like Lebanon is the best thing about this residence and to be able to get involved in the development of its culture.
Dates of residency: November - December 2017
Hometown: Lagos de Moreno
Lives and works: Guadalajara
Education: BA in Architectur, ITESO (Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente), Guadalajara, Mexico, 2004
2017 One Law for the Lion & Ox is Opression, Perrotin, New York
2017 PROXIMIDAD (Gabriel Rico and Jeffrey Gibbons), The Power Station, Dallas, TX
2017 DEAD DEAD LIVE DEAD, curated by Julio Morales, ASU Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
2016 VIS VIVA, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan-do, South Korea