Sept. 22, 2022 – May 22, 2023
Guadalajara-based artist Jose Dávila creates sculptures in which industrial materials seem to be precariously balanced. For a new piece presented outdoors in Oklahoma Contemporary’s Sculpture Garden, the artist continues his recent practice of balancing large, free-standing structural elements — I beams — to fabricate constructions that are tense yet calm and overwhelm the eye and body.
Dávila’s sculpture is part of the exhibition La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara, a collaboration between Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center and guest curator Viviana Kuri, director and chief curator of the Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ) in Guadalajara, Mexico. Learn more about the exhibition here.
About the Artist
Jose Dávila (born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1974) draws upon a background in architecture while working across media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, and prints. Touchpoints for the artist’s early work range from American minimalism, particularly the sculptures of Donald Judd, to gestures by Mexican architect Luis Barragán, who grew up outside of Guadalajara. In recent years, Dávila has focused on public art projects, including, in 2017, the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND)-commissioned sculpture Sense of Place. Dávila lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Image: Jose Dávila, Primitive Irruption, 2021. Steel beams, boulder. Dimensions variable Photo: Bruno Daureo, courtesy of the artist and KEWENIG.