BENET ROSSELL. Ager-Spain, 1937 - Barcelona-Spain, 2016.
Benet Rossell was a multidisciplinary artist who moved around the world assimilating different cultures that greatly enriched his artistic work. Rossell studied economics and got a law degree. He studied Sociology and Theater as well as Documentary Film and Religious Sciences. He made multiple trips to Eastern, so it became his reference. Music was his passion and theater was his language. This artist was a multi-faceted creator who was linked to the conceptual practices of the sixties in the city of Paris participating in group experiences with other Catalan artists based in that city known as "The Catalans of Paris." Benet Rossell perceived the world through the essence of concrete things, suppressed all the superfluous details and in the most pure and synthetic style of the Haikus, he suggested us through his work, what is not said, using a minimum of form, awakening the shapeless and evoking freedom. This personal universe within the mass, in the hidden of the evident, in the detail in the spot of the collective, in the individual of the multiple, is discovered in works-symbol, a symbolic art that creates an alphabet of ideograms that as gestures of the artist's spiritual race penetrate retinal persistence, interact and associate in asymmetry, in a Zen consciousness that evokes the expectation of the unfinished.
Rossell used the Chinese ink as a medium, a mediator towards the painting of smallness, towards the forms of beauty, the essence of the creation of an artist who was freed from the mind. Rossell wrote-drawing with his intestines, squeezing his belly and with balance and rhythm as the music of the rain or the wind suggested us with his most intimate thoughts. Rossell's art is the art of sublimation of nature and time. Benet Rossell did not underestimate any material. Everything was useful to him. He was a multi-technical artist who with the use of his own hair as a brush and the construction of tools, described step by step the process and writing of his work. This artist presented the duality of painting a film and filming a drawing.
Rossell approached enlightenment, Satori (Japanese), Wu (Chinese), Nirvana (Hindu) with joy and spontaneity, masterfully developing an art as a total realization of his unconscious, a work as a philosophy of action. Rossell's work has been seen in more than one hundred individual exhibitions in Barcelona (from the first in 1968, presented by Alexandre Cirici), Paris, New York, Luxembourg, Lleida, etc. Rossell also collaborated with numerous writers such as Altai, Brossa, Butor, Clapés, Coover, Maristany, Masoliver-Ródenas, Mor, Renzi, Sarduy and Veillon. In 2010, the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona) dedicated a retrospective exhibition, "Paral·lel Benet Rossell". The work of this magnificent and tireless creator can be seen in the best public and private collections of contemporary art. Not having Rossell among the works of your collection is not precisely an illuminating void, it is a concrete void between the best and most consistent artistic practices of the second half of the twentieth century and the first of the twenty-first.