Xavier Veilhan Architectones, Sheats-Goldstein Residence, Los Angeles

Événements, Septembre 2012
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The Sheats-Goldstein Residence is hosting Xavier Veilhan’s third installment in his Architectones project in Los Angeles.

The artist creates 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 consists 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 — has been developed 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, is placed in the dramatic overhang in the bedroom echoing a famous shot taken during the construction of the house. Other sculptures and models 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 Acetate n°3 (Lautner’s theme) has been composed especially for the house and Veilhan’s Architectones series by Nicolas Godin, perpetuating the relationship between music and architecture.

Third in a series of installations in Modernist landmarks in Los Angeles, this project follows Veilhan’s first Architectones at the Neutra VDL House in the summer of 2012, and the one-night performance at Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #21. Future Architectones include the roof of Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse in Marseille (1952), set for the summer of 2013; Ste-Bernadette du Banlay Church (1966) by Claude Parent and Paul Virilio in Nevers, France; The Barcelona Pavillon by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1929); and Konstantin Melnikov’s House (1929) in Moscow.

Veilhan’s Architectones project in Los Angeles, curated by local architect François 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.”

During the opening, a small discussion has taken place with architect and Lautner specialist Frank Escher, art critic Jan Tumlir, curator François Perrin, musician Nicolas Godin and Xavier Veilhan. Xavier Veilhan, a Paris-based artist, has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia. In addition to sculpture and public art, his polymathic work includes painting, digital photography, film and performance art. He has collaborated with musician Sébastien Tellier, the band Air, designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, and artist Daniel Buren.