Xavier Veilhan | Light Machine

In 2016, to mark the transformation of the store dedicated to Men, the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann invited French artist Xavier Veilhan to create a permanent installation.
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A work in movement 

Entitled Light Machine, this work consists of a wall of light that illuminates the store’s atrium as much as it serves as a diffusion surface. Almost abstract images appear and are constantly renewed, offering visitors a new and ephemeral experience.

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« In this space, a public and private place, a place for selling and passing through, my idea was to create a work that would be constantly renewed, both image and lighting. To achieve this, I adapted the Lights Machines, a series of works I’ve been making for several years. Enlarged to the scale of the site, it forms a wall of light that illuminates the atrium. Unlike the multiple screens in department stores, the Light Machine serves not only as a surface for displaying images, but also as a source of light. The ghostly images shown occupy a space between abstraction and figuration. This introduces a more poetic, dreamlike experience: I seek to revive the space of memory, that of an afterimage recognized as soon as it is discovered. » Xavier Veilhan

Xavier Veilhan

The French visual artist, internationally renowned, studied at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (1982-1983), the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin (with Georg Baselitz) and the Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques in Paris directed by Pontus Hulten (1989-1990).

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Work visible from the different floors of the store, around the central escalators

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