returns to Los Angeles
for the third installment of Architectones
Xavier Veilhan "Architectones"
Los Angeles 25-26 April 2013
August 2012, I spent a sweltering afternoon at Neutra's VDL while Xavier Veilhan gave a tour of his recent sculptures that were the second installment of Architectones celebrating modernity. (See images and more text here) I'm very much looking forward to this third installment, contemporary art in dialogue with the spirit of architecture, in collaboration with curator Francois Perrin and Galerie Perrotin. - David John
"The Sheats-Goldstein Residence will host Xavier Veilhan’s third installment in his Architectones project in Los Angeles. The artist will create a new body of work specific to the modernist house designed and built by architect John Lautner in 1963, one of LA’s masterpieces of residential architecture. The show will consist of a site-specific installation, sculptures, models and a soundtrack. Xavier Veilhan recalls, “when I first visited the house three years ago, the spectacular and modern beauty of the architecture struck me instantly. Like a modern version of a cave, the house interacts perfectly with the surrounding nature, anticipating the dialogue that contemporary architecture established later with environmental issues.”
A site-specific installation of one of the artist’s “Rays” structures — compositions created by stretching cords in space — will be created around the swimming pool. The rays descend from the air into the water as a metaphor for the continuity between indoor and outdoor proposed by modern architecture. A sculpture of the architect of the house, John Lautner, will be placed in the dramatic overhang in the bedroom echoing a famous shot taken during the construction of the house. Other sculptures and models will refer to the house and its specific structure, such as its triangular roof beams, as well as to the new owner, James Goldstein, who has been living in the house for more than forty years. A new musical piece "Lautner's theme" has been composed especially for the house and Veilhan’s Architectones series by Nicolas Godin of the band AIR, perpetuating the relationship between music and architecture.
Veilhan’s Architectones project in Los Angeles, curated by local architect Francois Perrin, is organized by Xavier Veilhan studio and Galerie Perrotin at Sheats-Goldstein Residence. Perrin notes, “this project participates in the long tradition of the interaction of artists with architecture and writes another chapter in this ongoing dialogue, as well as reactivating an important building in Los Angeles architectural history through the eye of a contemporary artist.”
Private visits : Thursday 25th of April - 12pm, 2pm or 4pm
Friday 26th of April - 11am, 2pm or 4pm