Exercise of the Possible
2007 

This series of drawings reveal chance as their producing agent. A helium balloon holds a brush or pen in balance, hovering over a sheet of paper. The process plays with the idea of authorial control and completion in the work of art. Evoking abstract painting and automated processes explored by 20th Century Avant-garde, the drawings establish a dialogue with the legacy of modern art history.

When arranging the instrument to create Exercise of the Possible, Dávila places himself as an indirect drawer. Thus, both physics and chance are part of the artistic process, becoming coauthors of the work. This process recalls Donald Judd’s ideas, who, when asked if real artists make their own art, declared that methods should not matter “as long as the results create art”. Therefore, as a sort of collective signature, the artist presents the image of the “drawing instrument”: a balloon tops the balance machine and holds the counterweight that takes over the making of a fortuitous trace on a plane.