JOSE DÁVILA | JOINT EFFORT

REGENT’S PARK, LONDON
OCTOBER 2016 – JANUARY 2017

José Dávila has been developing a series of sculptures that pushes forward his artistic exploration on balance and equilibrium. Specially conceived for Frieze Sculpture Park 2016, this sculpture was created with basic construction materials such as concrete blocks and rocks.

A stone in its raw form stabilizes the game of weights between the concrete blocks. Volcanoes, geothermal energy and the movement of tectonic plates are the primeval sculptors of the rock that anchors Dávila’s sculpture – while the blocks that support it are a man-made creation. The dichotomy is also visible in the platonic precise forms of the blocks contrasting the organic natural form at the top. The linked sequence of actions and reactions is temporally paused when all the forces are in complete balance. As in his previous Joint Effort works, the fragments and materials of the sculpture seem to work together as a conscious exertion for a specific common purpose.

Commissioned by Frieze London and Travesía Cuadro, Madrid.
Joint Effort, 2016
Concrete volumes, iron, and volcanic rock
313 x 232 x 267 cm

© Courtesy of the artist, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, and Frieze London
© Images Pellion di Persano