Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

It's exciting to start working with a new publication. This is my first piece for Wallpaper* covering an LA icon and a fun, contemporary artist.

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Malaika Byng
Published: 16 Aug 2012, Wallpaper*

Xavier Veilhan. Photography: Joshua White, © Veilhan / ADAGP, Paris, 2012
After much-lauded exhibitions on the grounds of Château de Versailles in France and Hatfield House in the UK, one would expect Xavier Veilhan to find even larger venues to host his arresting installations, but the Paris-based artist likes to surprise.

Veilhan's latest setting is much more intimate in scale. The artist has selected architect Richard Neutra's 190sqm VDL House in Los Angeles as the first stop for his worldwide investigation of art within the context of modernist architecture.

Named after the 'architectons' of Kasimir Malevich - compositions of white ceramic blocks that extended the Suprematist philosophy into architecture - the 'Architectones' project will also see Veilhan working in modernist icons like Pierre Koenig's nearby Case Study House #21, Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse in Marseille, and Konstantin Melnikov's Melnikov House in Moscow, teasing out each site's unique characteristics and responding with site-specific work. [read more]


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