Guillermo Mora, we caught the artist working hard on his upcoming show at Formatocomodo in Madrid.
Portrait photography and interview Juan Barte.
Formidable. What was your first creative drive?
Guillermo Mora. I don’ t have an precise memory of it. What I do remember is the need of always having something to shape up with my hands.
F. Is there a defining moment that made you realize art was your thing?
G.M. Not really. For me it’s been more like a slow process. If I had to single out a moment in time, it’d definitely be when I started selling my work and paying my bills with it . It actually happened just a few years ago! Somehow it made me feel I made it.
F. Inspirational artists?
G.M. This is a tough one. If I tell you a list of names I’ll leave out lots of artists I really like. I always look into artists that transform matter, even though for some reason I’m watching lots of video-art pieces these days.
F. How would you define your work?
G.M. Add, subtract, multiply and divide. This is a good definition of my work.
F. What’s in your playlist?
G.M. I’m really into electronic music… Trust, The Golden Filter or Austra is what I listen the most lately.
F. What film is your life like?
G.M. I identify myself with the feel and mood of Rossellini’s film “Viaggio in Italia”.
F. How is a day in the life of Guillermo Mora?
G.M. It’s very strict. I wake up quite early, 7 or 7:30 am. I come to the studio, answer my mails, and I work all day until 8 or 9 pm. I devote myself completely to my work.
F. Best and worst night out?
G.M. The best possible night is yet to come, and the worst… is that night it never seems to happen.
F. What do you love and hate about Madrid?
G.M. I truly love it’s pretty easy to walk around Madrid. I don’t have a driver’s license, I’m not interested, and I just use the public transportation a few times a week, so I walk a lot. Hate?… I really hate how people seem sadder by the day.
F. Our motto is “A life less ordinary”, what makes life less ordinary?
G.M. Being your own boss. It gives you freedom in your everyday life.
Sean Edwards, Marcell vs L and Guillermo Mora, 2012. Show view. Noestudio, Madrid.
“Seis casi cien”, 2011. 7 pieces.
No A Trio A, 2013. View of the show / “En Casa” At home. La Casa Encendida, Madrid.
“[sh][el][f]”, 2013. 17 x 26,5 x 23 cm.
“Dos casi cinco”, 2012. 60 kg. of acrylic paint. 61 x 48 x 36 cm.
“Quizás mañana haya desaparecido”, 2011. show view. Galería Extraspazio, Rome.
“En sí”, 2011. Rolled paint. 150 x 17 x 14 cm.
“Oo”, 2011. 60 x 62 x 14 cm.
“=A=R=T=I=D=A”, 2011. 16 x 68,5 x 14 cm.
Guillermo Mora opens this coming Saturday at Formatocomodo gallery. Calle Lope de Vega, 5. Madrid