Jose Dávila is a Mexican artist using simple materials to explore architecturally inspired sculpture and how the modernist movement continues to influence our modern minds. Having previously won the ArtNexus Latin American Art Award and now working with Los Angeles based Nomadic Division, Dávila’s migration from trained architect to sculptor is more than welcome.
Dávila is known for his gravity sculptures, varying between glass and stone or marble and stone, held together with brightly coloured ratchet straps. He chooses not to interfere with the original shapes of the material, marble is shaped as it would have been at the supplier. His interest lies in the interplay between materials and also humanity’s struggle with gravity. The sculptures are not mathematically calculated, there are no engineering tricks involved. Rather Dávila relies on practically working out the balance, which brings its own tension.
Dávila also works with photographs, his ongoing ‘cut-outs’ feature notable artworks or photographs of architectural landmarks with their central images removed, leaving only their contexts. Notable works include Richard Prince’s cowboys or documentation of Yves Klein’s Anthropometries. He purposely works with well known images, forcing the viewer to fill the void of the central image with their memory and, perhaps more interestingly, their imagination.