Jose Dávila’s work originates from the symbolic languages that function within art history and Western visual culture. These pictorial, graphic and sculptural languages are reconfigured as contradictory and contrasting relations, taking the correspondence between form and content to its limit.
The artist represents these oppositions through different perspectives: the association between images and words; the structural disposition of materials which entails the possibility of a harmonious balance or disarray; the use of peripheral routes in order to define architectural space and the presence of objects. Dávila’s work is essentially a multidisciplinary endeavor that presents a series of material and visual aporias, these paradoxes permit the coexistence of frailty and resistance, rest and tension, geometric order and random chaos.
A part of his work uses the appropriation and recontextualization of iconic artworks in order to question the way in which we recognize and relate visually. A series of translations and editing procedures are employed in order to modify the normal procedure of identification; materials are modified, elements are highlighted or concealed, and the languages of art movements are reproduced with local resources and within a contemporary context.
Dávila’s sculptural work is based on the specificity of the employed materials, their origin, symbolic value and their formal characteristics are elements that take great significance; industrial materials interact with organic raw materials. Dávila arranges objects as if they were basic elements of drawing (point, line and plane) for creating systems that exemplify notions of equilibrium, stability and permanence. With these sculptures Dávila intends to provide visibility to the physical processes that are required in order for things to maintain their shape and occupy space in a specific manner. Human intervention and the material disposition of things produce hybrid systems that respond to structural intuitions; technique unfolds itself as a poetic dimension.
Jose Dávila is a self-taught artist. He studied architecture at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (Guadalajara, Mexico).
His work has been exhibited at the Museo del Novecento, Firenze, Italy; Gropius Bau, Getty’s PST LA/LA Triennial, Los Angeles, United States; Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona, Spain; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany; Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, United States; Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, United States; Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, Netherlands; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands; Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo MUAC, Mexico City, Mexico; Caixa Forum, Madrid, Spain; MoMA PS1, New York, United States; Kunstwerke, Berlin, Germany; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, United States; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; MAK, Vienna, Austria; Fundación/Colección JUMEX, Mexico City, Mexico; Bass Museum of Art, Miami, United States; Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil; among others.
His work is part of international public and private collections such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Inhotim Collection, Brumadinho, Brazil; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany.
Jose Dávila has been awarded with the 2017 Baltic Artists’ Award in the United Kingdom and is a 2016 Honoree of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, United States. Dávila has received scholarships and funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Sistema Nacional de Creadores del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico.
He recently opened a solo show at Museo Amparo de Puebla, Mexico and he will present a solo show at Dallas Contemporary opening in January 2020.
The artist lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.
SALA DE ARTE SANTANDER, MADRID, SP | Mateo López, Jose Dávila, Jorge Méndez Blake & Alexandre Estrela
Mateo López, Jose Dávila, Jorge Méndez Blake and Alexandre Estrela are part of a group exhibition “There will never be a door. You are inside.” curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas at Sala de Arte Santander will remain on view until June 9th.
TRAVESÍA CUATRO | JOSE DÁVILA
Travesía Cuatro has edited in collaboration with This Side Up Books the catalogue of the Jose Dávila exhibition ‘Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost.’ This edition presents views of the installation held at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Madrid, from the 12th to the 19th September on occasion of Apertura Madrid 2018. The price to the public is 25 euro.