Mex and the City and photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero present

Gabriela Alva Cal y Mayor
Eye Level Gallery

Gabriela is an artist known for her print, sculpture, and public space installations. She also co-runs Eyelevel gallery in Brooklyn. She says that reading informs a huge part of her creative process, “While living in two countries, most of the time I find myself thinking about the ways things are said, and how it would be said differently in Spanish or in English.” She draws a balance between artist and curator by creating deadlines for herself so that she is constantly creating art and when a show is organized, “Most of the artists that we have worked with understand that I have to work on my own thing, and… we consider it more like an exhibition space, a collaborative process.” In the future, she would like to see her own work shown at the Dia Beacon and in London and Paris. For Eyelevel, she would like to create an itinerary billboard in collaboration with an airline sponsor, a candy printmaking project, and to also develop an artist residency program. We admire her constant motion and dedication.

Name: Gabriela Alva Cal y Mayor
Place of Birth: Mexico, D.F.
Parents: Mexico, D.F.
Occupation/Aspiration: Observer

When did you move to NYC and why?
In 2005, I wanted to go to school here ever since high school.

Where do you live in the city and why?
In North Brooklyn.

Name a New York moment:
Strangers talking to strangers.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
By having my friends from Mexico in the city, although when they leave it sucks, (miss you D).

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
One that comes from Bambi; “Si al hablar no has de agradar, es mejor callar.” Dunno it is hard to have everybody like what you say or do, but basically, respect is everything.

What's your drink of choice?
Coffee, Campari, and beer (separate of course).

Name three songs on your mind right now:
Broken Bells: “The High Road”, Sia: “You've Changed”, and Albert Hammond, Jr.: "GfC”

What is your favorite song?
Hard to choose, most of The Beatles and early David Bowie songs are my favorite.

Who would you like to work with in the future?
In no particular order: Baldessari, Adam Green, Black clay artisans and printmakers in Oaxaca, Tim Hawkinson, Doris Salcedo, and my friend Dave Yourdon, I want to make an interactive book with him.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
“A verdad.” It is stuck in my hard drive, can't get rid of it. I like saying “guacala” too.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I break dance when I drink mezcal.

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