- Jose Dávila
TRAVESIA CUATRO presents Not all those who wander are lost, the new solo exhibition by Jose Dávila, from September 12th until the 10th of November 2018. In addition to this and on the occasion of Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend, Travesía Cuatro will present an installation of sculptures by the artist at Madrid’s Royal Botanical Garden from September 12th to 16th. Both exhibitions present a parallel research by the artist within sculptural and pictorial language.
At Madrid’s Royal Botanical Garden Jose Dávila will construct an accumulative glyptotheque that summarizes both materially and formally the recurring elements that can be found throughout the history of sculpture. In the same way that William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin used the cut-up technique in order to produce new written works with cropped and re-arranged text, Dávila develops a similar procedure by creating vertical compositions like totems that expand the definition of sculpture by merging organic and industrial materials, found objects, minimal, figurative and classical elements.
The exhibition at Travesía Cuatro will bring together a group of paintings and silkscreens, in which a series of scientific texts are interrupted and contradicted by abstract forms that are reminiscent to modernist geometric art and neo-concrete graphics. The elements conforming these works are specific references or citations from his awareness on art history, however, the result allows for an intersubjective exchange with the public in which the superimposition of graphics and text creates a free flow of associations and ideas from where new meaning can occur.
His art making contributes to a different perception and intelligibility of the world, in an exercise that sparks our own sensorial and visual memory and addresses the concrete capacity of language to emulate and conduct human perception in the most essential level.