Born in Guadalajara, 1974

Lives and works in Guadalajara, MX

The work of Jose Dávila is the result, on one hand, of taking the resistance of both form and material to its limit, and on the other, of the appropriation and recontextualization of poignant works of art throughout history, defining them within a local and contemporary context.

Dávila’s work shows apparently opposed materials where forces and forms are balanced to achieve a harmonious whole that transforms his creations into representations  of our doubts and own contradictions. His work is a visual and material aporia, an insoluble logical paradox, where we discover a coexistence of fragility and resistance, calm and tension, geometry and chaos.

His multidisciplinary work often departs from the creation of a visual glossary where all variations are the result of a basic idea; in their arrangement, these basic forms become a language for the totality of the work. Each of the pieces evolve naturally within the specific conditions and characteristics of their format and material.

His sculptures are a reflection of the phenomenon of gravity, the laws of static and dynamic energy, the tractive force used to generate motion and the compression strength, the potential for deformation prior to the rupture of materials, and, above all, of structural intuitions. The assembly of delicately balanced materials highlight the human intervention that transforms the space and re-signifies the object. The structures created by Dávila work within their own logic in the search for the exogenous center of gravity and in the limits of the resistance of the materials, where the form is a consequence of the process.

Jose Dávila studied architecture in the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Guadalajara, Mexico, however, he considers himself a self-taught artist, with an intuitive formation.

His work is part of the Getty’s PST LA/LA triennial in Los Angeles and has been exhibited in Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, DE; Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, USA, Savannah College of Art and Design; Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag; Museum Voorlinden, AG Wassenaar, Nederland, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo MUAC, Mexico City; Caixa Forum, Madrid; MoMA PS1, New York; Kunstwerke, Berlin; San Diego Museum of Art; Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; MAK, Vienna, Fundación/ Colección JUMEX, Mexico City; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Museu do Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo; The Moore Space, Miami; NICC, Antwerp, among others; and has been featured in international publications such as Cream 3, ed. Phaidon, 100 Latin-American Artists, ed. Exit and The Feather and The Elephant, ed. Hatje Cantz. Jose Dávila has been awarded with the Baltic Artists’Award along with artists Eric N. Mack, Toni Schmale and Shen Xin.

Born in Guadalajara, 1974

Lives and works in Guadalajara, MX

Jose Dávila’s artistic practice is located in the boundaries of the homage, imitation and critique. In a sort of mirage, the artist uses different reproduction strategies to dismantle the relation between form and content, as well as manifest the virtues and deficiencies of his references. Introducing a particular interest in Western culture, the imagery comprised within the artist’s work is based on a deep approach to Architecture and Art History. This allows him to create tautological games regarding the legacy of the 20th Century Avant-gardes. His work addresses the question about the limits of instrumental values through the use of common materials to create sculptures, objects and installation. Frequently, the nature of these materials approaches both, architecture construction as well as formal artistic production, which subscribe his work to principles coined by Minimalism and Arte Povera. Dávila has also manifested a special interest in the use and occupation of space, issues that have been present throughout his career.