© Images Roman März
29 APRIL – 10 JUNE 2023
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Jose Dávila uses the courtyard and the former community hall of St. Agnes – as a raw, unfinished exhibition context for the presentation of his precariously balanced sculptural constructions, chief among them, WILL HAS MOVED MOUNTAINS. This multi-part work is made of reflective panels that are supported by metal pipes, a steel girder, and the natural materials of a stone and tree branch. What is visible are support straps that hold the otherwise discrete pieces together, in an almost impossible curve that feels on the brink of collapse. For Dávila, such moments encapsulate an experience of potential disaster and simultaneously one of potential balance and harmony, reflecting sculpture’s unique grammar of complementarity – bringing otherwise disparate weights, source materials, and forms together, for a moment, or a lifetime.
Based on the specificity of the materials that he uses, Dávila highlights their inherent contradictions, pushing the boundaries of perception in order to challenge the relation between form and content. The spectator is compelled to reexamine the ways in which we understand and consume the visual culture that surrounds us.