Jose Dávila’s artistic practice is located in the boundaries of the homage, imitation and critique. Through his work, the artist explores the effect of modernism on the modern art.
“There is something poetic in failure and in our limitations.”
A self-taught artist, Dávila has been creating and exploring the creative processes through his numerous art books, understanding art through the works of others. His main inspirations are Donald Judd, Jannis Kounnellis and Sol LeWitt. Working mainly in sculpture, he developed the medium while studying architecture and doing his first site-specific interventions in the 90s. Today, he is known for his assemblages — spatial investigations and hybrids of painted wood, found objects and plastics. Dávila says: “There is something poetic in failure and in our limitations, because we live with a modernism that is not preserved, where we see buildings that have abandoned or demolished and others have been badly remodeled.”
All images © Jose Davila