Joint Effort, 2014. Glass, boulder, and ratchet straps, 184 x 125 x 130 cm.

Extracting Art From Almost Nothing: A Conversation with Jose Dàvila

Born in 1974, Jose Dàvila was raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. While interested in art, he chose not to attend the classically focused fine art university, enrolling instead in the architecture department at the Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara. The results of this decision, which greatly affected his artistic practice, can be seen not only in his use of materials, but also in his frequent references to the most innovative architects and artists of the 20th century.

Dàvila’s physical and academic distance from the traditional art world lends his work an admired freshness. His sculptures, installations, and photographic objects have been exhibited in solo shows at the Kunst halle, Hamburg; the Jumex Museum in Mexico City; Marfa Contemporary in Texas; and the Camden Arts Centre in London, as well as in commercial galleries, such as Galería OMR in Mexico City, Sean Kelly in New York, Max Wigram Gallery in London, and Travesía Cuatro in Madrid. …see the entire article in the print version of June’s Sculpture magazine.