The site-specific work for Dallas Contemporary resembles the artist’s studio in Guadalajara. Dávila makes use of the museum’s open floor plan, industrial concrete foundation and high ceilings as part of his creative process. Using locally sourced materials from Dallas-area quarries, the artist will create balancing and stacked site-specific sculptures composed of steel I-beams, cables, large boulders and objects.
Museum visitors will stand beneath typically hidden structural details and experience Dávila’s visual negotiation of materials through the carefully placed, and seemingly precarious suspension of objects - a metaphor for the constant struggle of opposing forces; a representation of the friction between modernity’s tendency to homogenize and humanity’s need for diversity. The erratic, freestanding structures defy the formal order and repetition commonly associated with modernity and minimalism. Displayed in their natural state of oxidation, the angled lines of color and stacked I-Beams and rocks disrupt the clean precision of the modernist grid.
The work...of Jose Dávila (Guadalajara, 1974) has been exhibited at the Museo del Novecento, Firenze, IT; Gropius Bau, Getty’s PST LA/LA Triennial, Los Angeles, USA; Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona, SP; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, DE; Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, USA; Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, USA; Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, NL; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, NL; Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo MUAC, Mexico City, MX; Caixa Forum, Madrid, SP; MoMA PS1, New York, USA; Kunstwerke, Berlin, DE; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, USA; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, SP; MAK, Vienna, AT; Fundación/Colección JUMEX, Mexico City, MX; Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA; Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, BR; among others.
His work is part of international public and private collections such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, SP; Inhotim Collection, Brumadinho, BR; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburgo, DE; Allbright-Knox Museum, US; Colección La Caixa, SP.
Jose Dávila has been awarded with the 2017 Baltic Artists’ Award in the UK and is a 2016 Honoree of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, USA. Dávila has received scholarships and funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Sistema Nacional de Creadores del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico.
His solo show Pensar como una montaña is currently on view at Museo Amparo de Puebla, Mexico. He will open his next solo show at Travesía Cuatro Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday, February 1st, 2020.
Entrada actualizada el el 09 ene de 2020
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