Xavier Veilhanis know for his bold and hypnotizing contemporary sculptures while complementing existing architecture and altering how viewers look at their surroundings. “My approach to shows, in general, is not to produce piece but to produce an experience of the show in the viewer’s mind. My starting point is the feeling of the memory that the viewer will have more than the actual object.”
Xavier master the art of three-dimensional models that blend architecture with philosophy. For Veilhan each work is unique, the contemporary sculptures are placed in a dialogue with the building’s architecture.
A sixty-foot bust of Le Corbusier was set atop the architect’s Cité Radieuse in Marseille, for example. Through faceted, distorted shapes, Veilhan’s structures capture energy by revealing the movement surrounding them.
Veilhan’s work was displayed in the Palace of Versailles and its surrounding gardens, juxtaposing traditional architecture against minimalist, futurist-inspired sculpture, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the former.
The “Intersections” series focuses on contemporary art and “the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions.”
A bright blue sculpture of an ice skater by the French artist. Veilhan creatively uses very simple tools: blue slabs, in order to create an optical illusion for us all to enjoy.
The Bear an eight-foot-tall bright red modern sculpture, invites the viewer to regard the lawn in a different manner. Here he creates a narrative of the meeting between the urban city and nature, or perhaps even the relationship between public space and statuary portraiture.
Written by Barbara Neto