A contemporary Mexican artist, Jose Dávila reflects on the failure of utopian, modernist architectural principles in his assemblages, mixed-media works, photography and installations. Drawing from the symbolic languages that function within art history and Western visual culture, he reconfigures them as contradictory and contrasting relations, taking the correspondence between form and content to its limit.
Dávila is born in in 1974 in Guadalajara, Mexico, Dávila where he currently lives and works. He studied Sculpture at Academia de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Architecture at ITESO, Guadalajara, Mexico. He had one-man shows at Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico, Franz Josef Kai, Vienna, Austria, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain, Museo del Novecento, Florence, Italy, Saamlung Philara, Düsseldorf, Germany, Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark, Galerie König, Berlin, Germany, and OMR, Mexico City, Mexico, among others.
Using the appropriation and recontextualization of iconic artworks, the artist seeks to examine the way in which we recognize and relate visually. He uses translations and editing procedures to modify materials, highlight or conceal element and to reproduce the languages of art movements with local resources and within a contemporary context.