Galerie Perrotin is pleased to present “Music”, a double exhibition of new works by Xavier Veilhan, held simultaneously in the gallery's New York and Paris locations. It is the artist’s seventh solo exhibition with the gallery.
Since the 1990’s, Xavier Veilhan has developed a multi-form approach to sculpture, painting, performance, video and photography. Gaining international recognition with his 2009 exhibition at the Château de Versailles in France, recent projects in the US include site-specific exhibitions in Los Angeles in 2012-2013 (Sheats-Goldstein Residence, VDL Research House, Case Study House n°21), "Jean-Marc" (2012) installed in Manhattan's Midtown and "Le Corbusier" (2013), a large-scale bust of the architect now permanently installed in Miami’s Design district. Known primarily for his figurative sculptures, Xavier Veilhan has developed his own formal vocabulary, often reinterpreting classical sculptural and architectural elements with the aid of high technology.
In the New York gallery, the artist pays direct homage to the music producers who are responsible for creating the soundtrack of our time. “Producers” is a series of sculptures modeled from 3D scans and rendered in a variety of materials, from wood to metal. Similar to his 2009 series “The Architects” presented in Versailles, the statues of producers, which include renderings of Brian Eno, Nigel Godrich, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, Quincy Jones, Giorgio Moroder, The Neptunes (Chad Hugo and Phar- rell Williams), Lee “Scratch” Perry, Rick Rubin and Philippe Zdar, among others, stand together to form Xavier Veilhan’s personal pantheon. In contrast to the majority of his previous portraits however, "Producers" are more detailed and realistic, indicating a move in his work towards more life-like renderings. Alongside “Producers”, the New York space features a monumental mobile, “Mobile (Music)”, composed of thirty floating spheres, as well as several smaller mobiles, which evoke the music created by the producers. Although in previous projects (such as collaborations with Sebastien Tellier, AIR, or French composer, Eliane Radigue) Xavier Veilhan employed music for its durational and theatrical effects, the present show marks the first time the artist takes music itself for his central theme.