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Silent Architectures by Xavier Monclús

Exhibition  /  01 Jun 2016  -  08 Jul 2016
Published: 09.05.2016
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Intro
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.
 

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Xavier Monclús
Although houses can’t talk, I’ve always believed they can hear. They observe us silently with their window-eyes, and if we exchange looks with them they transmit all sorts of feelings to us: protection, security, beauty, culture and even joy. But they also communicate sadness and decadence, the reflection of a time now ended. Houses can hear and they make us hear too, no doubt because they are a reflection of our culture. Seeing them as individuals in our daily landscape, they mirror our internal dramas, hopes and longing. Because when it comes down to it, we are one and the same…

/ Xavier Monclús


Architectural fables
 
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

 

Hours

Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 to 14:00 h & from 16:00 to 19:00 h
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Opening

Wednesday, 1st June from 19:30 hours
Xavier Monclús. Brooch: Arquitectura menorquina I, 2015. Silver and Enamel painting. 5.5 x 6 x 1 cm. Xavier Monclús
Brooch: Arquitectura menorquina I, 2015
Silver and Enamel painting
5.5 x 6 x 1 cm
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Xavier Monclús. Brooch: Cas fuster, 2015. Brass, Silver, Wood, Plastic, Acrylic and Enamel painting. 5.4 x 4.8 x 1 cm. Xavier Monclús
Brooch: Cas fuster, 2015
Brass, Silver, Wood, Plastic, Acrylic and Enamel painting
5.4 x 4.8 x 1 cm
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Xavier Monclús. Brooch: Arquitectura menorquina II, 2016. Silver, Oxidated silver, Brass and Enamel painting. 4.5 x 3.7 x 1.5 cm. Xavier Monclús
Brooch: Arquitectura menorquina II, 2016
Silver, Oxidated silver, Brass and Enamel painting
4.5 x 3.7 x 1.5 cm
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Xavier Monclús. Brooch: Arquitectura menorquina III, 2016. Silver and Enamel painting. 5.5 x 5.3 x 1 cm. Xavier Monclús
Brooch: Arquitectura menorquina III, 2016
Silver and Enamel painting
5.5 x 5.3 x 1 cm
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Xavier Monclús. Brooch: The Gate, 2016. Silver, Wood, Acrylic and Enamel painting. 6 x 3 x 1.7 cm. Xavier Monclús
Brooch: The Gate, 2016
Silver, Wood, Acrylic and Enamel painting
6 x 3 x 1.7 cm
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Xavier Monclús. Brooch: Podium, 2016. Silver and Enamel painting. 4.7 x 5.7 x 1.2 cm. Xavier Monclús
Brooch: Podium, 2016
Silver and Enamel painting
4.7 x 5.7 x 1.2 cm
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Xavier Monclús. Brooch: Encontre sobtat, 2016. Silver, Oxidated silver, Plastic and Enamel painting. 7 x 4.5 x 1.3 cm. Xavier Monclús
Brooch: Encontre sobtat, 2016
Silver, Oxidated silver, Plastic and Enamel painting
7 x 4.5 x 1.3 cm
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Xavier Monclús. Brooch: Blind window, 2016. Silver and Enamel painting. 55 x 36 x 12 mm. Xavier Monclús
Brooch: Blind window, 2016
Silver and Enamel painting
55 x 36 x 12 mm
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Xavier Monclús. Brooch: The Church, 2016. Silver, Cooper and Enamel painting. 55 x 30 x 12 mm. Xavier Monclús
Brooch: The Church, 2016
Silver, Cooper and Enamel painting
55 x 30 x 12 mm
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Xavier Monclús. Brooch: Welcome house, 2016. Silver and enamel painting. 55 x 30 x 12 mm. Xavier Monclús
Brooch: Welcome house, 2016
Silver and enamel painting
55 x 30 x 12 mm
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Xavier Monclús. Brooch: Sa Pedrera i dos hostals, 2016. Silver and Enamel painting. 5 x 3.5 x 1 cm. Xavier Monclús
Brooch: Sa Pedrera i dos hostals, 2016
Silver and Enamel painting
5 x 3.5 x 1 cm
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Xavier Monclús. Pendant: Maison de la charité, 2016. Silver, Oxidated silver, Wood, Plastic, Acrylic and Enamel painting. 6.7 x 2 x 1.2 cm. Xavier Monclús
Pendant: Maison de la charité, 2016
Silver, Oxidated silver, Wood, Plastic, Acrylic and Enamel painting
6.7 x 2 x 1.2 cm
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Xavier Monclús. Pendant: Sa fresca a Alcaufar, 2016. Silver, cord and enamel painting. 53 x 33 x 10 mm. Xavier Monclús
Pendant: Sa fresca a Alcaufar, 2016
Silver, cord and enamel painting
53 x 33 x 10 mm
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Xavier Monclús. Pendant: Casa cabrona, 2016. Silver, wood, cord, acrylic and enamel painting. 55 x 25 x 18 mm. Xavier Monclús
Pendant: Casa cabrona, 2016
Silver, wood, cord, acrylic and enamel painting
55 x 25 x 18 mm
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Xavier Monclús. Ring: Magnum, 2016. Silver, wood and acrylic painting. Xavier Monclús
Ring: Magnum, 2016
Silver, wood and acrylic painting
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