Saturday, 22 January 2011
My project for Versailles mainly involves the use of open-air spaces, following the estate's east/west axis, from the Place d’Armes to Le Nôtre’s formal gardens. I will be presenting several works or groups of works created especially for this exhibition, which establishes a continuity between the site’s history and its contemporary protraction. This is a dynamic, classical, open and universal project, aiming to establish a new connection between visitors and the spaces they travel through.
When I saw these photos on The Selby, I jumped straight over to Xavier Veilhan's website to read about this project. I think the appropriate adjective for this is, "wow". There's something both incongruous and yet beautiful about the artwork Veilhan created for his show at Versailles. This got me thinking about how much of what we consider to be aesthetically pleasing or beautiful is actually more about contrast than harmony. The sharp, geometric and modern lines of his sculptures seem to enhance the classical purity of Versailles' architecture and interiors. Maybe I'm just projecting my own fondness for things that don't fit together onto his art, but his idea of exploring the continuity between past and present seems to be evoked through symbolic contrast. I also love the geometric royal purple set in large scale within a royal building. I wish I could have seen this in person.
To see more of his art, click here.