Contradictory feelings of weight, tension and levity run throughout Jose Dávila’s works. Making use of materials in a way that pushes the limits of our perception, he pairs incongruent elements that cause us to re-examine the ways in which we understand what is at hand.

Taking inspiration from the ideals put in place by the 20th century avant-garde, Jose Dávila re-appropriates and re-contextualises artists, iconic artworks and raw materials. Figures and details are cutout and re-worked. Unexpected elements are brought into our focus. Heavy materials are juxtaposed with impossibly delicate placement. The result is an elegant balancing act which feels almost atmospheric, drawing us in as we wait to see if things will stand or fall.

Jose Dávila (b. 1974, Mexico) has had notable solo exhibitions at Museo Jumex (Mexico City), Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg), Marfa Contemporary (Marfa), Camden Arts Centre (London), and many others. His work can be found in the public collections of Centre Pompidou (Paris), Albright Knox Museum (Buffalo), Collection Deutsche Bank (Germany), MUDAM Museum of Modern Art (Luxembourg), Reina Sofia National Museum of Art (Madrid), MALBA Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art (Argentina), MUAC Museum of Contemporary Art Mexico City (Mexico City), Collection Inhotim (Brumadinho), and Zabludowicz Collection (London), and Museo Jumex (Mexico City among others.

In 2017 Dávila opened solo show at and a year-long public project in Los Angeles in connection Getty’s Pacific and Los Angeles Nomadic Divison (LAND). He has been awarded one of 2017’s BALTIC Artists’ Awards and opened a show in connection to that at BALTIC (Gateshead). In 2018, he had notable solos at Sammlung Philara (Dusseldorf), Franz Josefs Kai 3 (Vienna), and Museo del Novecento (Florence). Jose Dávila has upcoming solo exhibitions in 2019 at Museo Amparo (Puebla) and Museo Universitario del Chopo (Mexico City).

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