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Joint Effort 1

Joint Effort 1, 2018 - Jose Dávila

Joint Effort 1, 2018

Jose Dávila  

Photograph, Work on paper
43 x 47 cm / 16.93 x 18.5 inch
Edition of 15 copies, signed and numbered by the artist

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  • Medium: Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Silk Baryt 310gr paper
  • This work is unframed
  • comes with a copy of Jose Dávila's publication The Feather and the Elephant
  • Pick up at / Ships in 5 to 10 business days from Berlin (DE)


about this work

Materials have a starring role in Jose Dávila’s work and are presented here with a special focus. Joint Effort 1, 2 and 3 are a photo edition series, which show show a detailed view of the materials` fragmentary condition and their contrasting traits. The ratchet and the straps, present throughout his work in most recent years, are what remains after the translation of sketches into three-dimensional works. The remnant of that sketch on paper is transformed into a colorful feature that literally holds everything in place.

Available as a single or a set of 3 archival pigment prints.

about Jose Dávila

Jose Dávila uses appropriation and recontextualization of iconic artworks to question how we recognize and relate visually. His works originate from the historic languages that are part of art history and Western visual culture. These pictorial, graphic and sculptural languages are translated and edited: materials are modified, formal elements are highlighted or concealed, and these existing visual languages are reproduced - with local resources and within a contemporary context.

Dávila’s sculptural work is based on the specificity of the employed materials: their origin, symbolic value and their formal characteristics are elements that take great significance. Influenced by his education in architecture, Dávila arranges objects as if they were basic elements of drawing (such as a point, a line or a plane). He uses these compositions of objects to create a system that exemplify notions of equilibrium, stability and permanence.

Jose Dávila’s work has been exhibited internationally – at museums such as Yuz Museum, Shanghai; Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City; Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf; Marfa Contemporary, Marfa; GEM, The Hague; San Diego Museum of Art; ; Colección JUMEX, Mexico City; ; Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo; Bass Museum of Art, Miami. His work is part of international public and private collections such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Inhotim Collection, Brumadinho; Hamburger Kunsthalle; the Zabludowicz Collection, London; Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Jose Dávila is represented by the following galleries;
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Travesia Cuatro, Madrid / Mexico City / Guadalajara 

Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen 

König Gallery, Berlin / London / Tokyo 

Galerie Perrotin, Paris / New York / Hong Kong / etc.

OMR, Mexico City

Sean Kelly Gallery, New York / Taipei 

You can also discover more of Jose Dávila’s work on his own website

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