Miquel Barceló

TOTEM


Brussels

  • , Siurell vermell, 2019
    Ceramic
    67 x 28 x 34 cm
    26 3/8 x 11 x 13 3/8 inches
  • , Preparatori gelat llimona, 2019
    Mixed media on paper
    55,5 x 38,5 x 4 cm (framed)
    21 7/8 x 15 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches (framed)
  • , Urnes i canopis, 2019
    Mixed media on paper
    52 x 73,5 x 4 cm (framed)
    20 1/2 x 28 7/8 x 1 5/8 inches (framed)
  • , Projecte doble peix, 2019
    Mixed media on paper
    52 x 38 x 4 cm (framed)
    20 1/2 x 15 x 1 5/8 inches (framed)
  • , Preparatori per urna 1, 2017
    Mixed media on paper
    40 x 30 x 4,5 cm (framed)
    15 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Preparatori per urna 2, 2017
    Mixed media on paper
    40 x 30 x 4,5 cm (framed)
    15 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Preparatori per urna 3, 2017
    Mixed media on paper
    40 x 30 x 4,5 cm (framed)
    15 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Preparatori per urna 4, 2017
    Mixed media on paper
    40 x 30 x 4,5 cm (framed)
    15 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Preparatori peix, 2019
    Mixed media on paper
    55,5 x 38,5 x 4 cm (framed)
    21 7/8 x 15 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches (framed)
  • , Preparatori per grup urnes blaves, 2017
    Mixed media on paper - recto verso
    40 x 52 x 4,5 cm (framed)
    15 3/4 x 20 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Urna rosada, 2017
    Ceramic
    72 x 68 x 59 cm
    28 3/8 x 26 3/4 x 23 1/4 inches
  • , Peix mirant al cel, 2018
    Ceramic
    93 x 23,5 x 45,5 cm
    36 5/8 x 9 1/4 x 17 7/8 inches
  • , Cap-roig, 2018
    Ceramic
    137 x 59 x 40 cm
    53 7/8 x 23 1/4 x 15 3/4 inches
  • , Dibuix ratlla blava, 2019
    Mixed media on paper
    56 x 70 x 4 cm (framed)
    22 x 27 1/2 x 1 5/8 inches (framed)
  • , Projecte, 2019
    Mixed media on paper
    55,5 x 38,5 x 4 cm (framed)
    21 7/8 x 15 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches (framed)
  • , Planta d’aire, 2016
    Ceramic
    110 x 47 x 32 cm
    43 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches
  • , Flor d’argila, 2018
    Ceramic
    117 x 44 x 40 cm
    46 1/8 x 17 3/8 x 15 3/4 inches
  • , Peix frit, 2012
    Mixed media on linen
    60 x 81 cm
    23 5/8 x 31 7/8 inches
  • , Clovelles, peladures i closques, 2013
    Mixed media on linen
    65 x 81 cm
    25 5/8 x 31 7/8 inches
  • , Pebres i anous, 2013
    Mixed media on linen
    53,5 x 65 cm
    21 1/8 x 25 5/8 inches
  • , Siurell rebentat, 2019
    Ceramic
    100 x 57 x 71 cm
    39 3/8 x 22 1/2 x 28 inches
  • , Collar i cucurutxos, 2019
    Ceramic
    101 x 69 x 50 cm
    39 3/4 x 27 1/8 x 19 5/8 inches
  • , Urna cartogràfica, 2017
    Ceramic
    109 x 47 x 44 cm
    42 7/8 x 18 1/2 x 17 3/8 inches
  • , Pàmpol, 2019
    Ceramic
    78 x 70 x 27 cm
    30 3/4 x 27 1/2 x 10 5/8 inches
  • , Nord, 2012
    Mixed media on linen
    285 x 285 cm
    112 1/4 x 112 1/4 inches
  • , Double Triple, 2012
    Mixed media on linen
    285 x 285 cm
    112 1/4 x 112 1/4 inches
  • , Tótem per canòdrom, 2019
    Ceramic
    150 x 72 x 52,5 cm
    59 x 28 3/8 x 20 5/8 inches
  • , Tótem Dòric-azteca, 2019
    Ceramic
    235,5 x 67 x 74 cm
    92 3/4 x 26 3/8 x 29 1/8 inches
  • , Planta negra, 2019
    Ceramic
    108 x 66 x 71 cm
    42 1/2 x 26 x 28 inches
  • , Pop amagat, 2017
    Ceramic
    60 x 56 x 56 cm
    23 5/8 x 22 x 22 inches
  • , Construcció blavosa, 2017
    Ceramic
    89 x 37 x 20 cm
    35 x 14 5/8 x 7 7/8 inches
  • , Bledes negres, 2017
    Ceramic
    60 x 80 x 70 cm
    23 5/8 x 31 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches
  • , Animal vegetal, 2017
    Ceramic
    123 x 37 x 42 cm
    48 3/8 x 14 5/8 x 16 1/2 inches
  • , Hotel Niza, 2017
    Ceramic
    59 x 69 x 53 cm
    23 1/4 x 27 1/8 x 20 7/8 inches
  • , Gladiol Negre, 2017
    Ceramic
    62 x 61,5 x 30 cm
    24 3/8 x 24 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches
  • , Plat Fonera, 2018
    Ceramic
    114,5 x 110 x 34,5 cm
    45 1/8 x 43 1/4 x 13 5/8 inches

Press release

In the late nineteen-eighties Miquel Barceló traveled throughout the West African Dogon Country. During the course of his nomadic wanderings—amidst the immensity of the land, a harsh sun whose rays projected an intensity that enveloped all things—he was struck by the pottery made by local women. There was a miraculous quality to these ceramics, forged in a land seemingly inhospitable to creation. For Barceló, they evoked the passage of time and the transformation of elements, from water to clay, not unlike ancient Andalusian vessels ravaged by time.

Whether in painting, drawing, ceramics, or bronze sculpture, Barceló has continuously experimented with the materials of his art, surfaces and textures, drawing extensively on the earthly materiality of the Mediterranean world of his youth. At the time of the collapse of Franco’s long reign, as he was beginning to find his artistic voice, he created a series of conceptual works that explored the behavior of matter, the elemental, and the effects of decomposition; these early works featured wooden and glass boxes containing decaying foods and other unorthodox, organic materials. Later, he became interested in the process of undermining the act of painting by burning or scratching the surface of his canvases. His ceramics involve transformation and metamorphosis as well, turning the initial object into something else (as Picasso had experimented in Vallauris), a language of exposed cracks and fissures providing an apt metaphor for the ravages of time.