Monochrome Vernacular

About Jose Dávila

Drawing on his training as an architect, Jose Dávila reflects on the failure of utopian, modernist architectural principles in his assemblages, mixed-media works, photography, and installations. “There is something poetic in failure and in our limitations,” he says, “because we live with a modernism that is not preserved, where we see buildings that have abandoned or demolished and others have been badly remodeled.” 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.

Mexican, b. 1974, Guadalajara, Mexico

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Jose Dávila: Stones Don't Move, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
2016
INSIDE OUT, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
2016
¿Cómo te voy a olvidar?, Galerie Perrotin, Paris
2015
Jose Dávila | A line is written on every corner, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen