This past Friday, the Neutra VDL Research House in Los Angeles held a special open house presenting Architectones, a site-specific installation by French artist Xavier Veilhan created specifically for the VDL house. The exhibition features sculptures throughout the property, starting with a giant silhouette of Neutra’s profile cut from a steel plate that greets visitors at the entrance. The art presentation allowed for a rare treat… all of the reflecting pools, including the rooftops, which are usually dry, were filled with water.
Veihan and his family stayed lived at the VDL for a month and the work in the show draws inspiration from Neutra, modernism, and the time spent living in the VDL. According to Veilhan, "This house is not about a façade but about a function, not about size or luxury but about the quality of light and its connection to the outdoors. The interior of the building has been thought through like a car, a plane, or even more like the cabin of a boat: it is the perfect equation between people, function and environment. I want to celebrate and expand the concept of modernity that this represents." (quote from the website neutra-VDL.org)
The VDL Research House is located at 2300 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039. The exhibition will be open Thursday–Sunday from August 9–September 16, 2012. Hours are Thursday/Friday 3–8pm and Saturday/Sunday 11–4pm. Admission is 10 USD on Saturdays, when there are docent-led tours of the house. The suggested donation on other days is 10 USD.