Xavier Veilhan, the Paris-based artist who last year turned Richard Neutra’s VDL House in Silver Lake into a startling temporary gallery and later transformed Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House No. 21 into a ghostly, smoke-filled, one-night-only installation, took over John Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein residence Wednesday evening for the third installment of his “Architectones” series in L.A.
Veilhan showed four works, the centerpiece of which was “Rays,” a streamlined web of white cords strung over the pool, from roof to water’s edge. It was an hommage, the artist said, to the architectural lines that Lautner created and a way of further revealing the house’s beauty without obscuring its spectacular view.
“It’s interesting how the house is playing with perception,” said Veilhan, his face aglow by the water’s surreal green light and the strains of “Acetate No. 3,” the soundtrack for the installation composed by Nicolas Godin of the electronica band Air, floating through a wall of glass. ”What is inside and what is outside is not clear.”
Indeed, earlier in the evening as Veilhan and “Architectones” curator Francois Perrin introduced the installation, the white cords reflected not only on the pool’s surface but also on all that glass. In the light of dusk, the mirroring effect created an interesting illusion for the crowd of about 100 gathered inside the living room, where it was difficult to discern where the installation began and where it ended.