The work of Méndez Blake explores the possible intersections between literature, visual arts and architecture, fusing different historic and geographical elements, provoking new readings on the role of language in our culture. The artist employs analysis and synthesis as tools to transform different narratives and poetics into visual compositions, attempting to shed a light on the material and immaterial aspects that are implied in the act of writing. Similarly, Méndez Blake has devoted a significant part of his work to studying libraries as relational systems in which historical and cultural dimensions of a given context converge.
His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in museums such as Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France; MARFA Contemporary; the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Museum of Latinamerican Art, LA, USA; Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Geneva, Italy and in Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Museo Tamayo, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros and Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico.
In 2019 he will take part in the XIII Biennal of La Habana, Cuba, with a project at the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí. He has also participated in the NGV Triennal, Melbourne, Australia (2017); the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); SABER DESCONOCER, 43 Salón (Inter) Nacional de Artistas, Museo de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia (2013) and was a recipient of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Grant Program Miami, USA (2012). Currently he is a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores in Mexico.
He is Co-founder of Ladera Oeste, a non-profit independent art space, created in 2016 in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico.