A Simple Rule to Remember
2018 | Franz Josefs Kai 3 | Vienna, AT
For his first solo exhibition in Vienna, Mexican artist Jose Dávila conceived a site-specific installation consisting of recent works and works created especially for the exhibition, which correspond to his many years of practice exploiting the characteristics of opposing materials and their political potential.
Bodies balance their forces to create stability. In order to counteract the risk of instability and interrupt the causally linked sequence of action and reaction, Dávila brings his sculptures into an “impossible state”, that moment in which all forces are in perfect equilibrium. With “Joint Effort”, so the title of a series of works, the artist let the materials “work together” under maximum exertion to keep them in balance. Titled “The Act of Perseverance” another work subtly challenges Newton’s law of gravity and reveals the persistence of all matter.
Dávila’s works elaborate on paradoxes that permit the coexistence of frailty and resistance, rest and tension, geometric order and random chaos. With that, “A Simple Rule to Remember” not only refers to the force effect of material and mass in modern architecture and art history, but also addresses the out-of-joint balance and unsettling social, political, ecological, and economic developments of our time.