Jose Dávila

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Edited by: Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, Jeffrey Grove Texts by: Pedro Alonzo, Louisa Edgerton, Frauke V. Josenhans, Patricia Martin, Humberto Moro, David Raskin, Sabine Schaschl, Karen Stein Graphic Design: Rutger Fuchs English Februar 2023, 312 Pages, 200 Ills. Hardcover 302mm x 258mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-4465-2
| Exercises of the Possible

In a practice spanning nearly two decades, Jose Dávila has created an expressive body of work that explores the visual tropes and iconic symbols of art, architecture, and urban design. Initially trained as an architect and self-educated as a visual artist, Dávila creates sculptures, installations and photographic works that simultaneously emulate, critique, and pay homage to 20th-century avantgarde art and architecture, referencing artists and architects from Luis Barragán to Josef Albers and Donald Judd. Humor and melancholy co-mingle in works that often explore the tension between industrial and organic materials and the forces of compression and balance.
This monograph assesses the full scope of Dávila’s practice in all media for the first time, and includes texts attesting to the historical and social dimensions of Dávila’s art. Essays address the artist’s early pieces, his exercises on balance, sculpture, graphics and paintings, and his works in public space.

JOSE DÁVILA (*1974, Guadalajara) studied architecture in the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Guadalajara. His carefully constructed artworks are meditations on balance and the relationship between different combined elements. Dávila lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Hamburger Kunsthalle
February 18, 2022–February 18, 2024
Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich
June 2–September 11, 2022
Lyon Biennale
September 14–December 31, 2022