Jose Dávila (Guadalajara, MX, 1974)

Jose Dávila’s work is a search for moments of reciprocity between contradictory elements. He has explored the basic properties of sculpture, through a structural intuition where tension and calm coexist; geometric order and random chaos; fragility and resistance.

Dávila pushes the limits of perception to understand how matter behaves under the pressures of gravity. As a result, his sculptures produce in us a greater awareness of our spatial environment.

Dávila’s sculptural work materializes physical processes such as gravity, resistance and the exchange of forces; These relationships and their effects are reflected in how the sculptures manage to preserve their shapes thanks to the balance between magnitudes and how the elements involved participate in a balancing act. This also happens on a symbolic level since Dávila ponders the historical evolution of sculpture through these situations on the verge of collapse.

This simple equation produces a variety of experiences; that can overwhelm the viewer and, in this sublimity, invite contemplation.

Dávila’s work has been exhibited internationally in institutions such as the Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China; Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, MX; Franz Josefs Kai 3, Vienna, Austria; Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf, Germany; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, USA; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, The Netherlands; Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico; among others. 

His work is included in various international public and private collections such as Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR; Pérez Art Museum Miami, US; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, ES; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, AU; Inhotim Collection, Brumadinho, BR; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, AT; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, DE. 

Jose Dávila lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.