Jose Dávila | Directional Energies
Dallas Contemporary | Dallas, USA | 12.1.–15.3.2020
Born in Mexico in 1974 sculptor Jose Dávila lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.Trained as an architect, Dávila explores issues of form and content via large-scaleinstallations, each unique composition of varying linear dimensions, paradoxicalalignments and pictorial configurations.
The site-specific work for Dallas Contemporary resembles the artist’s studio inGuadalajara. Dávila makes use of the museum’s open floor plan, industrial concretefoundation and high ceilings as part of his creative process. Using locally sourcedmaterials from Dallas-area quarries, the artist will create balancing and stacked sitespecificsculptures 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 seeminglyprecarious suspension of objects--a metaphor for the constant struggle of opposingforces; a representation of the friction between modernity’s tendency to homogenizeand humanity’s need for diversity. The erratic, freestanding structures defy the formalorder and repetition commonly associated with modernity andminimalism. Displayed in their natural state of oxidation, the angled lines of colorand stacked I-Beams and rocks disrupt the clean precision of the modernist grid.