Artist: Gori Mora
Exhibition title: Layering intimacy
Venue: Galería Pelaires, Mallorca, Spain
Date: March 26 – , 2022
Photography: ©Roberto Ruiz, ©Grimalt de Blanch / all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Galería Pelaires
Palma, 16th March 2022. Layering intimacy is the title of the first solo exhibition by the Majorcan artist Gori Mora in Spain, and also the first one he has held at Galería Pelaires. It will be inaugurated on the main floor of the gallery on 26th March as part of this year’s Art Palma Brunch, an event organised by the Art Palma Contemporani Galleries’ Association.
The current practice of Gori Mora (Mallorca, 1992; lives and works in Glasgow) focuses on exploring the myriad effects that technology has on our social interactions, our perception of ourselves and our most intrinsic values. His work explores the history of the queer community, a journey into eroticism, current trends, roles and a reflection of the contemporary moment we find ourselves in; a moment in which human interaction takes place on social networks. Mora delves into the notion of desire, understood as one of the main drivers of social communication, accentuated by new technologies.
In his work, the artist uses oils to create figures on the back of the methacrylate and, once finished, he turns the acrylic sheet over. The medium used and the aesthetics represented portray the contrast that the subject matter offers. This unorthodox process creates a situation in which the viewer is confronted with the reverse side of the painting. The aesthetics of an exhibition screen is invoked; a world out of reach, of which one is simultaneously aware, but from which one always walks away.
Gori Mora holds a degree in Fine Art from the University of Barcelona (2011-2015). He moved to Glasgow in 2017 to take part in the Master of Letters in Fine Art Practice programme at the Glasgow School of Art. After obtaining the MA degree, he was awarded the John Kinross scholarship by the Royal Scottish Academy of Edinburgh and spent a period of research in Florence, Italy.
His work has been displayed at Tuesday to Friday Gallery, Valencia (2022); The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2021); BEERS London Gallery, London (2021); V2React, Miami (2020); AIR Gallery, Manchester (2020); TRAMWAY, Glasgow (2019); AN Contemporary Art Festival, Majorca (2016 and 2019); Casa de Cultura de Felanitx, Majorca (2019); Museu de Porreres, Majorca (2017); Konvent Punt Zero, Centre Cultural d’Art, Barcelona (2016); MUTUO, Centre Cultural d’Art, Barcelona (2015). His project My Florence Souvenir is part of the Collection of the Royal Scottish Academy of Edinburgh.