JOSE DÁVILA | Sueño autosuficiente | Central Gallery, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico | 5.2.–31.12.2019
The Mexican artist Jose Dávila presents Sueño autosuficiente, a sculpture executed with industrialand unaltered organic materials, together with common objects which reference diverseautobiographic events.
Exhibited within the Central Gallery of the Museo Universitario del Chopo, Sueño autosuficienteapproaches an oneiric experience where different elements dialogue and generate a self-sufficientstructural system, where fragility, resistance, calm and tension coexist, these notions have beenexplored by the artist throughout his artistic career.
With his work, Jose Dávila appropriates objects and symbols that enable to question the visualrelations between art and space, highlighting the way in which the viewer reproduces linguisticconstructions that identify themselves with everyday life. This aspect is fundamental in order toanalyze the components of the sculpture (basic elements such as points, lines and planes), andunderstand the human interaction with objects and the resulting physical processes.
With a significant exhibition history throughout America and Europe, the artist carries outmeditations regarding modern architecture, urbanism and contemporary art, their anticipationsand failures. Referencing architectural utopias and icons from art of the twentieth century, Dávilatackles the vital contradictions between form and function.
His hybrid structures can become cold or warm, light and heavy, producing signs of functionality,which are impossible to discern, and whose meaning varies between architecture and art.
Jose Dávila (Guadalajara, MX, 1974) studied architecture at the Instituto Tecnológico y de EstudiosSuperiores de Occidente. He considers himself a self-taught artist, with an intuitive training.
His work has been exhibited at Franz Josefs Kai 3, Vienna, AT; Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf, DE; Museo delNovecento, Firenze, IT; 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 Universitariode 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 ReinaSofia, Madrid, SP; MAK, Vienna, AT; Fundación/Colección JUMEX, Mexico City, MX; Bass Museum of Art,Miami, USA; Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao 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; HamburgerKunsthalle, Hamburgo, DE. Dávila has been featured in international publications such as Cream 3, ed.Phaidon; 100 Latin American Artists, ed. Exit and the monograph The Feather and The Elephant, ed. HatjeCantz. Jose Dávila has been awarded with the 2017 Baltic Artists’ Award in the UK and is a 2016 Honoree ofthe Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, USA. Dávila has received scholarships and funding from the AndyWarhol Foundation and the Sistema Nacional de Creadores del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico.