Hamburger Kunsthalle

Uncharted Territory: Jose Dávila

The Elephant and the Feather

02 Jun 2017 - 03 Jun 2018

JOSE DÁVILA (*1974), A cube symbolically has no middle point, 2017
Floatglas (grau), Spiegel und Spanngurte
157 x 192 x 211 cm © Courtesy of the artist, Foto: Agustín Arce
JOSE DÁVILA (*1974), ​​​​​​​Joint effort, 2017
Marmorzylinder, Floatglas und Spanngurte
270 x 200 x 120 cm © Courtesy of the artist, Foto: Agustín Arce
JOSE DÁVILA (*1974) The riddles have been unriddled, 2017
Ausstellungsansicht Hamburger Kunsthalle
Spionspiegel, 3 Flusssteine, Findling und Spanngurte
Maße variabel
© Courtesy of the artist, Foto: Kay Riechers
JOSE DÁVILA (*1974), Legacy is seldom stable, 2017
Ausstellungsansicht Hamburger Kunsthalle
Sandsteinquader (Pietra Serena) und Findling
176 x 107 x 101 cm © Courtesy of the artist, Foto: Kay Riechers
JOSE DÁVILA (*1974), Pendulum, 2017
Ausstellungsansicht Hamburger Kunsthalle
Weißer sardischer Granit und Flusssteine
180 x 360 x 70 cm © Courtesy of the artist, Foto: Kay Riechers
The Elephant and the Feather
2 June 2017 - 3 June 2018

CURATORS: Dr. Brigitte Kölle and Dr. Petra Roettig
Research Assistant: Dr. Mechthild Achelwilm

The exhibition format Uncharted Territory features each year in the eponymous project space a different international artist whose work engages with global processes of change and issues of migration, identity, and place. Jose Dávila (b. 1974 in Guadalajara) from Mexico is the second artist to be invited by the Hamburger Kunsthalle to conceive new works specifically for this space. For Uncharted Territory, Dávila will develop some of his signature fragile yet imposing space-filling installations. His sculptures play with the tensions inherent in physical forces, balance, and mass. Experimenting with the mutually supporting and opposing forces of various combinations of materials and forms, the artist creates constellations that are only stable as a coherent whole. An image of sensitive and elegant harmony is generated, which always resonates with a sense of vulnerability.

Dávila’s installations and photographic works betray the influence of the sculpture and photography courses he took while studying to be an architect at the Institute of Fine Arts in San Miguel de Allende. As a playful reflection and critical commentary on the avant-garde art and architecture of the 20th century, his work is also obviously a tribute to its achievements. Dávila draws on American minimalism and its European precursors, including landmark figures such as Richard Serra, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Josef Albers, and the architects Luis Barragán and Mathias Goeritz. His personal translations of famous works by his artist colleagues embrace their ideas and then take them a step further – either as logical continuation or outright contradiction.

Tags: Josef Albers, Dan Flavin, Mathias Goeritz, Donald Judd, Brigitte Kölle, Richard Serra