José Dávila

Feb 11, 2011 – Mar 31, 2011
Opening: February 11, 2011, 18:30

Press release

For his first solo show at Galeria Gentili, José Dávila (Mexico 1974) has created an exhibition in which the allegory of the cave by Plato becomes a departure point and a pivotal idea to intertwine the body of works that compose Only the shadow knows.

This project focuses on the distance between perception and reality, history and memory through the scope of architecture and art, using basic forms and a playful use of materials and space.

Probably the first thing we notice when we observe an object is its shape. This is an enormously useful characteristic because it gives us an immediate impression of the spirit of the subject. Responding to shape is the first step in our logical and intuitive search for the meaning of what we see.

If responding to shape is a fundamental aspect of seeing an object, it also interacts with all our other perceptual responses in helping us make sense of our subjects but perceptual impressions are not reality, they are only the shadows of the real subject / object.

Through a series of sculptures, installation, collages and piezography prints, Davila reminds us that we must not forget we need to know how to understand and render the shadows of what we see in order to fully discover the source object that creates them.