The first rendition of a project that continues at worldwide landmarks of Modernism, the exhibition opens to the public on Wednesday, August 8 from 5–8 p.m. and remains on view through Sunday, September 16, 2012. During the opening, the artist will present an airborne performance: a plane towing a monochrome banner as a blank, abstract announcement will fly above the Silverlake Reservoir.
First in a series of installations in Modernist landmarks, the VDL project will be followed by Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #21 (1958); the roof of Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse, Marseille (1952), set for spring 2013; St. Bernadette du Banlay Church (1966) by Claude Parent and Paul Virilio, Nevers, France; and the Melnikov House (1929) in Moscow.
Each chapter of Architectones will be a unique response to its setting. In Los Angeles, the artist addresses the topic of modernity through objects such as a metal flag, a mobile, and models of a boat and cars. The installation also features a soundtrack by Nicolas Godin of the band Air. Echoing Neutra’s domestic life, Veilhan will live at the VDL with his family as he installs the exhibition.
Xavier Veilhan, a Paris-based artist, is represented by Galerie Perrotin (Paris and Hong Kong) Andréhn-Schiptjenko (Stockholm) and 313 Art Project (Seoul). He has exhibited extensively worldwide. His polymathic work includes painting, digital photography, film and performance. He has collaborated with musician Sebastien Tellier, the band Air, renowned designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and artist Daniel Buren.