Jose Davila has created a recent series of cut-out works that approach the pictorial languages of Pablo Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein. The progressive dissection of elements from the paintings transforms the brushstrokes and the color blocks into autonomous three-dimensional presences. The background or the primary subject become absent figures, creating compositions that exist only through negation. These apophatic gestures contribute to the possibilities of the homage and the reinterpretation of art history.; Even though the isolated brushstrokes render an ambiguous composition, they successfully reference their origin. This visual identification becomes almost automatic due to the familiarity the public has with Picasso's and Lichtenstein's work. The pictorial consequences of cubism and pop art that took place in the canvas are replicated and taken to the support of the image itself, staggering the medium of representation and the politics of visual recognition. These cut-outs attest an interest in the indeterminacy of viewing as consuming, when the proliferation of images is constantly testing our sense of place or time as viewers in order to construct history.
About The Gallery
OMR was founded in 1983 and through over 400 exhibitions and 20 years of participation in art fairs, has developed