Klimt02 Gallery Barcelona
Silent Architectures by Xavier Monclús
Opening: Wednesday, 1st June from 19:30 hours
For his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Monclús will showcase a group of 17 new works. Silent Architectures confirm the evolution we’ve been sensing for the last four years: a shift towards simplicity and abstraction.
Xavier Monclús Brooch: Welcome house, 2016 Silver and enamel painting 55 x 30 x 12 mm:
In order to define the work of Xavier Monclús, complex in its apparent simplicity, all we could come up with is an oxymoron: his work is based on what we might call a cultured ingenuity. The pieces shown here recall the delicate illustrations of the noucentista Pere Torné Esquius, immersing us in a world of sweet, domestic and welcoming serenity. Yet the schematic sense, awareness of volumes and cut of the profiles in these pieces (as if defined by an implacable light) evoke the outlook of the modern architects of the GATCPAC on rediscovering Mediterranean architecture in Ibiza, Xavier Monclús being familiar with its Menorcan variant.
Scale is essential when it comes to understanding these pieces. Are they large jewels or small houses? Plastic objects and animals are incorporated, disorienting us still further. Tubes, conduits and handles turn them into intriguing machines, announcing a movement, an action… a story. Textures are also very important, rough surfaces serving as a counterpoint to the smooth cleanness of the quaint technique.
These latest pieces by Xavier Monclús confirm the evolution we’ve been sensing for the last four years: a shift towards simplicity and abstraction. This refinement of forms does not exclude their figurative essence, sense of irony and the characteristic poetics of Monclús. In this respect, we have the impression that he has revisited or been reunited with the pieces produced at the start of his career, during his time at the Massana School in the 1990s, a period synonymous with enthusiasm for the development of jewellery as an independent artistic language. Simplicity, joy, skill and sensitivity join forces to raise a smile. The world of Xavier Monclús is one of fables and ingenuity, drawn and embodied in modestly precious objects, taking us back to the possibility of happiness, of reconciliation with our feelings and dreams. / Alex Mitrani, Fine Art Curator
Xavier Monclús Brooch: Arquitectura menorquina III, 2016 Silver and Enamel painting 55 x 53 x 10 mm
Xavier Monclús Brooch: Arquitectura menorquina I, 2015 Silver and Enamel painting 55 x 60 x 10 mm:
Xavier Monclús Brooch: Arquitectura menorquina II, 2016 Silver, Oxidated silver, Brass and Enamel painting 45 x 37 x 15 mm
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