Sense of Place (Jose Dávlia)

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Sense of Place_Jose Davila 

Sense of Place, 2017

JOSE DÁVILA (presented by Los Angeles Nomadic Division)

September 2017 – May 2018

CLOSING RECEPTION: Saturday, July 21, 2018, 5:00-7:00pm, West Hollywood Park, FREE, No RSVP

Sense of Place is a multi-site, large-scale, public sculpture exhibition migrating through, and integrating into, the urban landscape of Los Angeles to draw a portrait of the city’s many experiences, geographies and histories. Sense of Place was derived from Davila’s Joint Effort sculpture series which expands the concepts of balance and equilibrium using basic construction materials such as concrete blocks and stones.

The artwork consists of an eight-foot square cube sculpture comprised of 40 unique concrete conjunctional forms. Initially installed in West Hollywood Park in September 2017, over the course of nine months the sculpture will slowly disassemble its various pieces, migrating to far reaching locales of the city such as landmarks, significant architectural sites, community hubs, shopping malls, bus stops, etc., taking on different functional forms at each location. In this sense the pieces become a social platform promoting interaction with the public, who will ultimately decide on the final function of the artwork.

Sense of Place_Jose Davila

There will be three significant movements planned to occur in November, January and March, where a number of pieces will be relocated to temporary surroundings for a period of two to six months. The Sculpture will return to its original whole cube, holding its histories in its reunited form, in West Hollywood Park in May 2018. During the first movement in November 2017, two of the sculpture pieces migrated to Plummer Park (West Hollywood). Click here to see where other pieces have been installed around the Los Angeles area.

Sense of Place is Dávila’s largest public undertaking to date and his first major exhibition in Los Angeles. A post-exhibition catalogue will document the various stages of transformation and include 20 thematic essays by different Mexican and Los Angeles-based authors.  The research and implementation of this project was supported in large part through grants from the Getty Foundation.


Based in Guadalajara, artist Jose Dávila creates sculptures, installations, collages and photographic works that use reproduction, homage and imitation as a means to explore and dismantle the legacies of avant-garde art and architecture of the 20th century. A self-taught artist with a great interest in Western culture and the history of art, Dávila plays with elements of these interests in his artistic practice. Using different strategies of reproduction, the work of Dávila makes reference to artists and architects ranging from Luis Barragán and Mathias Goeritz to Donald Judd, and explores how the modernist movement has been translated, appropriate and reinvented in the current discourse of contemporary art. Dávila's interest in the use of everyday materials and construction to create sculptures and installations evokes a sense of familiarity for the viewer. More recently, Dávila has shown a particular interest in the occupation of public space through gestures of social practice and structures that allude to the evolution of urban landscapes.


LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 committed to curating site-specific public art exhibitions in Los Angeles and beyond. LAND believes that all people deserve the opportunity to experience innovative contemporary art in their everyday existence, to enhance their quality of life and ways of thinking about their community. In turn, artists deserve the opportunity to realize projects in the public realm, unsupported through traditional institutions. LAND brings contemporary art outside of the walls of museums and galleries, into our shared public spaces and unique sites, in Los Angeles and beyond.


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