Parallel to his exhibition at Kewenig Gallery, Jose Dávila presents ‘Primitive Irruption’ in the Moll Vell district of Palma, in collaboration with Autoridad Portuaria. The sculpture – consisting of steel beams stacked with a boulder – is shaped by a seemingly delicate equilibrium that embodies gravity, resistance and the latent energy at play in space and time.
“Architecture has its own technical limitations and art has helped me to break them. In art you can have your own free voice.”- Jose Dávila
The steadiness of the beams contrasts with the irregular shape of the rock, their industrial aspect with its unaltered character. The boulder appears to destabilize the beam resting on top of it and imperil the balance of the whole, holding the momentum for the viewer to gain awareness of the forces at play. A perfect knowledge of the materials allows Dávila – who trained as an architect – to challenge the laws of physics, overwhelming the gaze and inviting to contemplation.
Carrer del Moll, 3, 07012 Palma
Credits: Jose Dávila, 'Primitive Irruption', Palma de Mallorca, 2021 © Jose Dávila, photo Bruno Daureo.