StatementNew Work series:
My work has changed since 2010, and this is clearly visible if we observe my practice in the twenty years that preceded this shift. The narrative that so identified my pieces is gradually receding. Whilst retaining an element of figurative reference, my line of enquiry is now focused on a more direct geometric simplicity as well as a tendency towards minimalism. Narrative compositions have been replaced by forms that allude more to the inherent qualities of materials. I am now more interested in representing the materials that buildings are made of rather than narrating what happened inside them, as I used to do; to use geometric fragments that evoke the texture and colour of stone as well as of wood. Fragments speak of a whole; almost abstract in character, they can be in themselves a complete composition.
Animals have not disappeared from my work, not in the least. They are still there as messengers of our own selves, except now they are turned to stone. Petrified so that their memory stays with us forever.
I am now surrounded by the vernacular and the Bronze Age, Talayotic architecture of Menorca. Menorca is where I live now and where I should like to die: a small Mediterranean island, where one is always in contact with its ancestral core.
I love this island; I chose it, I represent it….
Animals feature constantly in my work. I feel a special sentimental attraction towards them. Through fable-like stories they can communicate complex human social behaviour. I often represent them as hybrid beings and assemble them alongside objects and architectural elements, so they acquire their own life and individual characters.
Maybe I am a frustrated architect. If there is one distinguishing trait in my work it is the use of architecture as an important and recurrent feature. The house represents intimacy, where people are protected from the outside world, where they can live peacefully and in comfort, where they grow as persons. Old factories, a legacy from the Industrial Revolution, are also there, though they are now quite still, as if exhausted from their past manufacturing productivity.
“Jewellery to play with or toys to wear?” once wrote the art historian Mónica Gaspar. This is a very accurate description of my work. I have always been attracted to toys, though clearly I am no longer a child.
I add wheels to my pieces so they can race, others have handles for winding them up and set them moving…ultimately my jewel-toys have become surreal miniatures that have a deeper and more complex meaning than appears at first glance.
I am a collector of old toys. It is a very strong passion of mine. Stronger, I feel, than making art jewellery…
Pop art has always been a reference in my work. I have always been fascinated by the way this art movement has the capacity to turn mass-produced images into art. Dada and surrealist collages and their typical disregard for the context of images have always interested me as a way of expressing concepts and ideas in my work.
I have also made jewellery in which found images are central to the piece. Sometimes, these images are just another component in the piece. In others the image generates another technical form that I construct, enabling the change from two-dimensional to three-dimensional form.
Dinky Jewels Collection serie:
Rings, earrings, pendants, small brooches and pins make up this series of work.
I make them or find them in flea markets, and they become prototypes that end up as small jewels. These sweetly ironic, figurative pieces inhabit a small world that expands as I find or imagine a new object. These are recognisable by everyone…they are now used to adorn us, but they stem from our most absolute everyday environment.
Exhibition 17 Nov 2020 - 08 Jan 2021 Two of a Kind.
Exhibition 30 Sep 2020 - 15 Dec 2020 METALLOphone: Museum.
Exhibition 26 Sep 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 Pilar Garrigosa Private Colletion.
Exhibition 14 Jun 2019 - 10 Sep 2019 Sunlight in Butterfly Wings.
Exhibition 02 May 2019 - 25 Jul 2019 A flor de pell 2019.
Award giving 30 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018 JORGC Design Award 2018 awarded to Xavier Monclús.
Exhibition 19 Jul 2018 - 16 Sep 2018 Birds, Bees, Bears & Blossoms.
Exhibition 15 Mar 2018 - 31 Aug 2018 Hannah Gallery by Klimt02 Presented by National Gallery of Victoria. A Collection of Contemporary Jewellery from Spain and Catalonia.
Exhibition 07 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 Holy Tools.
Exhibition 27 Jun 2017 - 22 Jul 2017 Twenty-Three. Contemporary Jewelry in Ibero-America.
Workshop 28 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017 Assembling Ideas with Techniques by Xavier Monclús.
Workshop 12 Dec 2016 - 15 Dec 2016 Assembling ideas and techniques by Xavier Monclús.
Workshop 11 Nov 2016 - 13 Nov 2016 Assembling Ideas with Techniques by Xavier Monclús.
Exhibition 28 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016 Revolutions.
Exhibition 01 Jun 2016 - 08 Jul 2016 Silent Architectures by Xavier Monclús.
Workshop 24 May 2016 - 27 May 2016 Creative Jewelry: form, texture, color by Xavier Monclús.
Workshop 31 May 2015 - 02 Jun 2015 Workshops. Florence Jewellery Week.
Lectures 30 May 2015 - 30 May 2015 Jewellery Presentation: Xavier Monclus and Philip Sajet. Florence Jewellery Week.
Meeting 28 May 2015 - 03 Jun 2015 PREZIOSA 2015. Florence Jewellery Week. Connecting worlds - Identity / Diversity.
Exhibition 18 Jul 2014 - 03 Aug 2014 Jewelry Exhibition by Xavier Monclùs.
Exhibition 11 Jul 2014 - 30 Jul 2014 Menorca Contemporània.
Exhibition 29 Nov 2013 - 02 Mar 2014 Papallona / Mariposa / Butterfly.
Exhibition 27 Feb 2013 - 22 Mar 2013 CON–DECORADOS at Klimt02 Gallery.
Workshop 17 Mar 2012 - 25 Mar 2012 Xavier Monclús: Narrative Jewelry.
Meeting 26 Jan 2012 - 26 Jan 2012 TAST entre JOIES Nº2: XAVIER MONCLÚS.
Workshop 04 Nov 2011 - 12 Nov 2011 Xavier Monclús: Narrative Jewelry.
Exhibition 21 Oct 2011 - 10 Jan 2012 TOYS & DREAMS.
Exhibition 09 Sep 2011 - 09 Oct 2011 THE RING - jewel forever.
Exhibition 28 May 2011 - 02 Jul 2011 Xavier Monclús: The Penguins of Amsterdam.
Exhibition 01 Apr 2007 - 12 May 2007 New Horizons.
Exhibition 03 Oct 2006 - 11 Nov 2006 BUE-BOG-BCN gestos sobre el cuerpo.
Exhibition 15 Dec 2005 - 08 Jan 2006 De Rebus Naturae.
Book: Jewellery 1970–2015. Bollmann Collection. Arnoldsche Art Publishers: Stuttgart, 2015
Book: New Earrings: 500+ designs from around the world. Estrada, Nicolas. Thames & Hudson: Untied Kingdom, 2013
Book: Hnoss depended. Galleri hnoss: Gotheborg, 2008
Book: Inner luxury. International contemporary jewellery. Gaspar, Mònica. Fundació “La Caixa”: Barcelona, 2003
Book: Jewellery Moves: Ornament for the 21st Century. Game, Amanda; Goring, Elisabeth. NMS publishing Limited, Nationals Museums of Scotland: Scotland,
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