Los Límites de lo Posible, 2019

Miami Beach 2019
Sean Kelly
Installation
Recinto, volcanic rock, raw sandstone boulders

Jose Dávila’s Los Límites de lo Posible is composed of six sculptures composed of raw sandstone boulders and recinto, a kind of volcanic rock. It was originally produced for the Bienal de La Habana in 2019. The coalescence of the perfect geometric shapes of the recinto volumes and the capricious forms of the unaltered boulders, reveals a contrast and precariousness which is an essential part of Dávila’s sculptural practice. This material disparity highlights the need for active collaboration between the involved elements, in order to achieve permanence and balance.

Jose Dávila’s (born 1974 in Guadalajara, Mexico) artistic practice includes sculptural installations and photographic works that simultaneously emulate critique and pay homage to 20th century avant-garde art and architecture. His sculptures often combine contrasting materials, such as concrete, sheets of glass, marble, and ratchet straps to create beautifully balanced sculptures which nonetheless appear to teeter on the edge of perilous instability. Referencing architects such as Luis Barragán or Mathias Goeritz and Donald Judd, Dávila’s minimalist work investigates how the modernist movement has been translated, appropriated, and reinvented. He lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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