ALL EYES ON - JOSE DÁVILA

Over the course of a career spanning more than 20 years, Guadalajara-based Jose Dávila has engaged with the architecture, symbolism, and material integration of space. In his practice, he poises disparate kinds of lithic bodies — ranging from basalt stone and volcanic rock, to more quotidian materials like limestone and concrete — against each other to create a delicate interaction of volume and mass. Intimating utopian ideals, uncut rock and sculpted concrete are brought into uneasy congruence, realizing an equilibrium that holds differently weighted materials in place.

While the language of sculpture traditionally speaks to solidity and permanence, Dávila’s work evinces a decided fragility that contrasts with the density of the materials he puts to use. As though verging on the brink of collapse, his take on sculptural form introduces viewers to a clash  of directional energies, resulting in a precarious appearance that undercuts monolithic stability. What comes to light is less a single unified object than an exchange of physical forces, a cross-section of elemental processes that refer to the inexorable law of gravity.

Dávila’s articulation of space mimics primal human behaviors, such as stacking and balancing, underscoring their capacity to express a collectively shared impulse toward construction.

Places of meeting and points of intersection also constitute recurring aspects of Dávila’s work. His architectural eye recasts volume itself as a raw material, using vertical surfaces, rectangles, and spheroid shapes to signify development and growth. The makeshift stratification underlying each sculpture invokes the uniqueness of a once visited place, or remembered physique, preserving only its constructed essence.

Jose Dávila (* 1974) was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He studied architecture at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Guadalajara, Mexico. Dávila considers himself a self-taught artist, with an intuitive formation.

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JOSE DÁVILA - Aporia X, 2017
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JOSE DÁVILA - One in the other XXIV, 2018
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JOSE DÁVILA - Les Femmes d’Alger (Version L), 2020
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JOSE DÁVILA - Untitled (Seductive Girl), 2019
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JOSE DÁVILA - Basic forms, 2018
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JOSE DÁVILA - Untitled (St. Agnes), 2020
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JOSE DÁVILA - Discontinuous Order, 2020
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JOSE DÁVILA - Untitled (to the real Dan Hill, 1b), 2015
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