curated by Sabine Schaschl
June 2 to September 11, 2022
Museum Haus Konstruktiv is dedicating a comprehensive solo exhibition to Mexican artist Jose Dávila (b. 1974 in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he lives and works). Alongside selected new paintings, a multitude of sculptural works are presented, which Dávila combines to produce surprising ensembles of works while conscientiously engaging with the museum’s architectural givens.
Jose Dávila is interested in space and mass, in mathematical laws and physical pheno-mena. Thus, his oeuvre characteristically plays with gravity and apparent weightlessness, with statics and dynamics, forces of tension and compression, and those precarious moments before something collapses. In addition, he incorporates natural and industrially manufactured materials; from this juxtaposition, he creates poetic works that are sensorially captivating and structurally articulated.
Memory of a Telluric Movement is the title of this exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv. Jose Dávila’s thoughtful calibration of mass and lightness, volume and transparency, geometric and organic forms, natural and industrial materials characterizes his distinctive objects, installations and paintings. At the same time, the exhibition at Haus Konstruktiv constitutes a reminder that any (telluric) movement, no matter how slight, can cause a static well-balanced structure to collapse. In this sense, the solo show also refers to the current global situation, which can quickly be thrown off track by sociopolitical, ecological or economic developments.
We would like to thank our patron partners and the foundations that wish to remain anonymous for their generous support of this exhibition.
Further thanks go to the galleries that contributed significantly to the realization of this exhibition: Sean Kelly Gallery, König Galerie, Galería OMR, Travesía Cuatro and Galeri Nicolai Wallner.
1) Jose Dávila, installation view, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, 2022. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
2) Jose Dávila, installation view, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, 2022. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
3) Jose Dávila, Acapulco chair stack, 2021, metal, epoxy paint, and boulders, 148.5 x 140 x 110.5 cm. Photo: Agustín Arce