Xavier Veilhan(1963) is an internationally acclaimed artist based in Paris, France. Since the end of the eighties Veilhan has developed his work in various formats including sculpture, painting, performance, video or photography. His work is inspired by the vocabulary of classical art and is marked by a modernist legacy, besides having in mind the contemporary use of high technology.
Xavier Veilhan defines art as “a tool for the vision to be examined through the understanding of our past, present and future.” His exhibitions and in situ installations for public spaces, gardens or houses question our perception, creating a traveling space where the audience interacts, evolves and becomes an active player. Check out his website.
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Xavier Veilhan (b.1963, France) - Le Carrosse. Welded steel sheet metal, acrylic paint, 280x1500x180 cm (2009)
Xavier Veilhan is a French artist who lives and works in Paris. He emerged in the early 1990s as one of the leading artists of his generation. A string of exhibitions, showcasing every aspect of his unique plastic vocabulary, ensured his international fame. In 2009, it was the consecration with his exhibition Veilhan Versailles, the castle and its gardens offered an ideal setting for his sculptures and installations, such as “Le Carrosse” (The carriage):
As an hybrid combination of an animal and a constructed object, the carriage is defined negatively by the three exterior elements that compose it: the man that occupies it and drives it, the ground on which it travels on, and the horses that draw it. Moreover, the coach is a means of transport in space, but in this case, also in time. As it is represented here, with its horses captured in full gallop, this sculpture is the representation of a 17th century object, but rendered with the techniques of the 20th century (after Muybridge, Marey and Lumière). A wave goes through the whole piece, distorting it, but without making it incomprehensible. Coming from a parallel universe, and yet quite real, waves surround us and go trough us, like a silent reality; our current means of communication constitute their material expression.
Photo by Florian Kleinefenn, Virginie Marielle and Nicolas Millet