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jose dávila has synthesized vertical compositions out of recurrent elements present in sculptural language throughout the history of western art. adopting the cut-up technique developed and used by william s. burroughs and brion gysin to create new writings with cropped and rearranged texts, the guadalajara-based artist has formed totem-like columns that reflect the various aspirations in sculptural art throughout the centuries. all images courtesy of jose dávila presented within the villanueva pavilion at the royal botanical