Homage to the Square, 2019

Basel 2019
OMR
Sculpture
Glass and vinyl paint
219.0 x 250.0 x 38.4 (cm)
86.2 x 98.4 x 15.1 (inch)
The relationship between space and color formulated by Josef Albers is widely considered in Jose Dávila’s work. Through the superposition of solid-color planes, Albers triggered a formal quest around composition that configured an important part of his body of work. As an exercise of redefinition, Dávila uses different materials to simulate the chromatic differences underpinned by Albers in his Homage to the Square. This new homage exceeds the approach about the interaction of color and geometry to locate the square as a phenomenon in space. Starting with a color vinyl square attached to the wall and placing three squared glasses of different sizes in front of it, the work integrates notions of light, opacity and transparency to Alber’s reflections. Moreover, the artist creates a threedimensional object using the distance between the glasses, inquiring into the spatial attributes of the artwork.