The Galerie Perrotin is presenting a dual exhibition of work by the French sculptor Xavier Veilhan’s in New York and Paris locations, which explores the links between music and the visual arts, featuring likenesses of some of the most renowned pop music producers, the Creators Project reports.
The artist’s work identifies the parallels between music producer and visual artist, the French sculptor explained that both were “a kind of not-very-visible person behind the work.” For the exhibition the artist depicted Quincy Jones, the Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo), Lee “Scratch” Perry, Rick Rubin, among others.
But the surprise of the show is undoubtedly a sculpture of the mysterious French electronic music duo Daft Punk, revealing the true (visual) identities of the elusive pop duo. “The funny thing is I didn’t even ask them,” Veilhan told the Creators Project, “They proposed to me ‘Okay, we should make the sculpture the non-existing image of us. So if somebody wants to see how we are like in real [life] they’ll have to look at the sculpture.'”
In both locations, Veilhan offers visual translations and representations of our auditory environment and the people responsible for its production. In so doing, the artist makes visible our hyper-modern world, which, without intervention, can often go unnoticed and unconsidered. The show can be summed up like this: sometimes in order to listen, it helps to see. With “Music”, Veilhan provides a visual reminder that our lives are suffused with sounds of our own design.
The artist added: “If you want the person to stay still, you can’t talk to them. It was strange because you have all of my heroes, and you’re in the same room, but you can’t really talk. Sort of a frustrating process, but also very funny.”
Xavier Veilhan’s Music until April 11 at Galerie Perrotin.