Orden Discontinuo LV, 2019

Hong Kong 2019
Mixed Media
Silkscreen print on cardboard
72.1 x 53.2 x 4.5 (cm)
28.4 x 20.9 x 1.8 (inch)
Jose Dávila’s new series 'Orden Discontinuo' originates from the symbolic visual languages that function within art history and Western visual culture. These pictorial, graphic and sculptural languages are reconfigured as contradictory and contrasting relations, taking the correspondence between form and content to its limit. Drawing on his training as an architect, Dávila reflects on the failure of utopian, modernist architectural principles in his assemblages and mixed-media works, including this new series of collages composed of pieces of cardboard screen-printed with a variety of motifs and colors. Dávila is primarily known for his assemblages—spatial investigations and hybrids of painted wood, found objects, and plastics that resemble maquettes or quasi-functional structures. He is influenced by Donald Judd, Jannis Kounnellis, and Sol LeWitt. Jose Dávila’s work is essentially a multidisciplinary endeavor that presents a series of material and visual aporias, these paradoxes permit the coexistence of frailty and resistance, rest and tension, geometric order and random chaos. The ideas presented here in the form of collage, hark back to the artist's early use of cardboard as a means of readily available material, allowing for playfulness in regards to the scale of the final composition.