HAUS CONSTRUCTIVE EXHIBITS JOSE DÁVILA’S SOLO SHOW IN ZÜRICH
Memory of a Telluric Movement is the title of this exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv. It presents a comprehensive solo exhibition to Mexican artist Jose Dávila (b. 1974 in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he lives and works). Curated by Sabine Schaschl and on view until September 11th.
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 phenomena. 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 sensory captivating and structurally articulated.
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.