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Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Jose Dávila: The Circularity of Desire at Sean Kelly, New York
May 7 – June 19, 2021
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Jose Dávila

Untitled (Brushstroke), 2021
archival pigment print
paper: 88 3/16 x 55 1/8 inches (224 x 140 cm) each
framed: 90 x 56 11/16 x 3 inches (228.6 x 144 x 7.6 cm) each
overall: 90 x 114 5/8 x 3 inches (228.6 x 291.1 x 7.6 cm)
edition of 4 with 1 AP 
(JDa-21.19)
 

Jose Dávila

The astonishing walking achievements of human beings, 2021
silkscreen print and vinyl paint on loomstate linen
92 1/8 x 74 13/16 x 2 3/8 inches (234 x 190 x 6 cm)
(JDa-21)

Jose Dávila

The human equilibrium apparatus is suspended within a container like a balloon, 2021
silkscreen print and vinyl paint on loomstate linen
82 11/16 x 66 15/16 x 2 3/8 inches (210 x 170 x 6 cm)
(JDa-21.02)
 

Jose Dávila

Objet du voyageur (The traveler's item), 2021
concrete and metal
65 3/16 x 31 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches (165.5 x 80 x 52 cm)
(JDa-21.14)
 

Jose Dávila

The old tree is worth keeping after all, 2021
wood, metal, boulder and wire
146 1/16 x 94 7/8 x 52 inches (371 x 241 x 132 cm)
(JDa-21.20)
 

Jose Dávila

Completed Cycle, 2021
glass sphere and sand
36 1/4 x 61 7/16 Ø inches (92 x 156 cm)
(JDa-21.25)
 

Jose Dávila

Discontinuous Order, 2021
silkscreen print on cardboard
framed: 28 3/4 x 24 7/16 x 1 3/4 inches (73 x 62 x 4.5 cm)
(JDa-21.26)
 

Jose Dávila

Discontinuous Order, 2021
silkscreen print on cardboard
framed: 28 3/4 x 24 7/16 x 1 3/4 inches (73 x 62 x 4.5 cm)
(JDa-21.42)
 

Press Release

May 7 – June 19, 2021
Artist Salon: Saturday, May 8, 12 – 4pm


Sean Kelly is delighted to announce The Circularity of Desire, Jose Dávila’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition is based upon research Dávila conducted during the pandemic into the iconography of the circle and its presence throughout art history in the 20th and 21st centuries. Remarking on the phenomenon, Davila observes, “I’m interested in the circle as the most platonic of forms, it has been a constant human desire. The circle is the symbolic element of human progress.” Comprised of new paintings, sculptures, and silkscreens on cardboard, themes of circularity and the recurrent influence and circular forms throughout art history unite these three interrelated bodies of work. The artist will be present in the gallery on Saturday, May 8 from 12 – 4pm.


The canvases on view in the main gallery, constructed of silkscreen print and vinyl paint on raw linen, are the largest single presentation of Dávila’s paintings to date. The works contain texts regarding the use of light as a compositional tool, juxtaposed with circular elements appropriated and recontextualized from paintings by artists including Hans Arp, Willys de Castro, Sonia Delaunay and Frank Stella, amongst others. These paintings employ a unique procedure linking images and texts which otherwise would not intersect, enabling the viewer to generate personal connections between what is seen and what is read.


Dávila’s new sculptures are focused on themes that prevail consistently throughout his practice; a visual articulation of the force of gravity through precarious balance, and a desire to draw attention to art historical references that have particular meaning for the artist. Expanding upon these two concerns by incorporating the idea of circularity, Dávila has created new vocabulary with which to address themes of balance, poetic intuition, the symbolic nature of materials and important art historical moments. 


The material nature of Dávila’s works play a central role in his sculpture and allude to human need and aspiration to construct our environment. The volumes, geometry and lines that define his sculptures suggest an alternate, spatial notion of painting and drawing in space. Natural and manufactured elements such as wood, steel, stone, glass and metal coexist; some have been used for centuries to shape our life—others only since the Industrial Revolution. Dávila incorporates all these elements in their primary form with minimal intervention, resulting in compositions that allow for dialogue between the materials in an unfettered state. 


In the lower gallery are a series of silkscreens printed on found cardboard incorporating existing logos and markings on the material. Dávila’s circular graphics reference pop art and draw attention to the recycling of material and mass consumption. 


Jose Dávila has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX; the Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico; Sammlung Philara, Dusseldorf, Germany, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg Germany and Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, TX amongst others. His work is in the permanent collection of numerous institutions including, the Centre Pompidou, Paris France; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil; Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York; the Zabludowicz Collection, London, United Kingdom; the Cisneros Foundation, New York, NY and Miami, FL; the Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg; San Antonio Museum of Art and The Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston. Dávila was the winner of the 2017 BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art’s Annual Artist Award, the 2014 EFG ArtNexus Latin America Art Award, he has been the recipient of support from the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the National Grant for young artists by the Mexican Arts Council (FONCA) in 2000. In 2017 the Getty Foundation awarded the Los Angeles Nomadic Division a grant to develop a mid-career survey of Dávila’s work.


For additional information on Jose Dávila please visit, skny.com
For press inquiries, please contact Adair Lentini via email at Adair@skny.com 
For all other inquiries, please contact Lauren Kelly via email at Lauren@skny.com


Image caption: Jose Dávila, Untitled, 2021, silkscreen print and vinyl paint on loomstate linen, 92 1/8 x 74 13/16 x 2 3/8 inches (234 x 190 x 6 cm)

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