Jose Dávila in The Circularity of Desire

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Jose Dávila in The Circularity of Desire

New York

Jose Dávila in The Circularity of Desire
to Sat 19 Jun 2021
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Artist: Jose Dávila

Sean Kelly presents The Circularity of Desire, Jose Dávila’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition is based upon research Dávila conducted during the pandemic into the iconography of the circle and its presence throughout art history in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Artworks

Untitled (Brushstroke), 2021

Archival pigment print
88 3/16 x 55 1/8 inches (224 x 140 cm) each / framed: 90 x 56 11/16 x 3 inches (228.6 x 144 x 7.6 cm) each / overall: 90 x 114 5/8 x 3 inches (228.6 x 291.1 x 7.6 cm)
Edition of 4 with 1 AP. Signed by artist on label, verso with accompanying signed certificate of authenticity

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The old tree is worth keeping after all, 2021

Wood, metal, boulder and wire
146 1/16 x 94 7/8 x 52 inches (371 x 241 x 132 cm)
Unique

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Completed Cycle, 2021

Glass sphere and sand
36 1/4 x 61 7/16 Ø inches (92 x 156 cm)
Unique

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The astonishing walking achievements of human beings, 2021

Silkscreen print and vinyl paint on loomstate linen
92 1/8 x 74 13/16 x 2 3/8 inches (234 x 190 x 6 cm)
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Objet du voyageur (The traveler's item), 2021

Concrete and metal
65 3/16 x 31 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches (165.5 x 80 x 52 cm)
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Acapulco chair stack, 2021

Metal, enamel paint and boulders
53 3/4 x 33 7/16 x 54 1/2 inches (136.5 x 85 x 138.5 cm)
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The human equilibrium apparatus is suspended within a container like a balloon, 2021

Silkscreen print and vinyl paint on loomstate linen
82 11/16 x 66 15/16 x 2 3/8 inches (210 x 170 x 6 cm)
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Discontinuous Order, 2021

Silkscreen print on cardboard
Framed: 28 3/4 x 24 7/16 x 1 3/4 inches (73 x 62 x 4.5 cm)
Unique. Signed by artist on label

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Discontinuous Order, 2021

Silkscreen print on cardboard
Framed: 28 3/4 x 24 7/16 x 1 3/4 inches (73 x 62 x 4.5 cm)
Unique. Signed by artist on label

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Remarking on the phenomenon, Davila observes, “I’m interested in the circle as the most platonic of forms, it has been a constant human desire. The circle is the symbolic element of human progress.” Comprised of new paintings, sculptures, and silkscreens on cardboard, themes of circularity and the recurrent influence and circular forms throughout art history unite these three interrelated bodies of work.

The canvases on view in the main gallery, constructed of silkscreen print and vinyl paint on raw linen, are the largest single presentation of Dávila’s paintings to date. The works contain texts regarding the use of light as a compositional tool, juxtaposed with circular elements appropriated and recontextualized from paintings by artists including Hans Arp, Willys de Castro, Sonia Delaunay and Frank Stella, amongst others. These paintings employ a unique procedure linking images and texts which otherwise would not intersect, enabling the viewer to generate personal connections between what is seen and what is read.

Dávila’s new sculptures are focused on themes that prevail consistently throughout his practice; a visual articulation of the force of gravity through precarious balance, and a desire to draw attention to art historical references that have particular meaning for the artist. Expanding upon these two concerns by incorporating the idea of circularity, Dávila has created new vocabulary with which to address themes of balance, poetic intuition, the symbolic nature of materials and important art historical moments.

The material nature of Dávila’s works play a central role in his sculpture and allude to human need and aspiration to construct our environment. The volumes, geometry and lines that define his sculptures suggest an alternate, spatial notion of painting and drawing in space. Natural and manufactured elements such as wood, steel, stone, glass and metal coexist; some have been used for centuries to shape our life—others only since the Industrial Revolution. Dávila incorporates all these elements in their primary form with minimal intervention, resulting in compositions that allow for dialogue between the materials in an unfettered state.

In the lower gallery are a series of silkscreens printed on found cardboard incorporating existing logos and markings on the material. Dávila’s circular graphics reference pop art and draw attention to the recycling of material and mass consumption.

Jose Dávila has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX; the Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico; Sammlung Philara, Dusseldorf, Germany, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg Germany and Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, TX amongst others. His work is in the permanent collection of numerous institutions including, the Centre Pompidou, Paris France; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil; Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York; the Zabludowicz Collection, London, United Kingdom; the Cisneros Foundation, New York, NY and Miami, FL; the Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg; San Antonio Museum of Art and The Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston. Dávila was the winner of the 2017 BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art’s Annual Artist Award, the 2014 EFG ArtNexus Latin America Art Award, he has been the recipient of support from the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the National Grant for young artists by the Mexican Arts Council (FONCA) in 2000. In 2017 the Getty Foundation awarded the Los Angeles Nomadic Division a grant to develop a mid-career survey of Dávila’s work.

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York May 7 – June 19, 2021. Photography: Jason Wyche, New York. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York


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