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Xavier Veilhan

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Xavier Veilhan

Minimalistic Sculpture

Xavier Veilhan (1963) is a French artist who specializes in showcasing perfection of objects and recreating spaces. He creates minimalist, futurist-inspired sculptures with the ultimate goal of enhancing the spaces they inhibit.

His work is multi-faceted, encompassing sculpture, installation, painting and photography, as well as hybrids of all of these.

He also engages in performance work and filmmaking. He plays with the notions of the generic, of the industrially produced object and of universal representation, creating objects at once ambivalent and stark.

Today’s focus will be on his sculpture.

Veilhan creates steel and aluminum sculptures that evocatively mimic the look of digitally-rendered images in three-dimensional space.

Veilhan’s geometrically abstracted renderings of people and animals coyly refer to the way that digital technologies have rewired the way we see the world. Though they look like they might have been produced by a 3D printer, with cubist diagonals in place of rounded curves, Veilhan’s sculptures are actually hand made.

His sculptural interventions are bold and transfixing, while complementing existing architecture and altering how viewers look at their surroundings.

His “Architectones” series pays tribute to Kasimir Malevich's “Architectons,” three-dimensional models that blend architecture with philosophy.

In “Architectones,” Veilhan installed sculptures in celebrated, modernist homes; each work was unique to the setting and placed in dialogue with the building’s architecture.

Through faceted, distorted shapes, Veilhan’s structures capture energy by revealing the movement surrounding them.

He juxtaposes traditional architecture against his minimalistic sculpture enhancing both.

By creating a visual conversation his work pays tribute to the inventions and inventors of our modern times, through a formal artistic language that mixes the codes of both industry and art.

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