Jose Dávila (, 1974) °1974, Guadalajara (MX) – lives and works in Guadalajara (MX)
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 Davila – Joint Effort (VII), 2015
Jose Davila – Joint Effort, 2019, installation view at Rockefeller Center, New York
Jose Davila – Untitled (Brushstroke), 2020
Jose Davila – Untitled, 2020
Jose Davila – Neuland, 2017, installation view at Hamburger Kunsthalle
Jose Davila – The Moment of Suspension, installation view at at Konig Galerie, Berlin in 2019
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
König Gallery, Berlin / London / Tokyo
Galerie Perrotin, Paris / New York / Hong Kong / etc.
Sean Kelly Gallery, New York / Taipei
You can also discover more of Jose Dávila’s work on his own website.