The Phillips celebrates the fifth anniversary of its Intersections contemporary art series with Intersections@5, an exhibition comprising work by 20 of the participating artists. In this blog series, each artist writes about his or her work on view.
Xavier Veilhan, Sitting Nude, 2000. Jet print mounted on aluminum, 63 x 47 1/4 in. Gift of the artist, 2013
Sitting Nude is a self-portrait in a somewhat melancholic, dark lighting. The pose recalls a classical archetypal representation of the sitting nude, like Rodin’s The Thinker. It is part of a series of portraits of individuals and couples. Some are dancing, others are fighting. Some are just resting and contemplating, like this piece. It is something I have continued to explore with other nudes, like the ones presented in my show Music at Galerie Perrotin in Paris (March 2015). More than anything else, the focus lies on the silhouette. I believe that the psychology of the human representation in art also comes from the way the figure is standing or the way the body is installed in a certain position, and not only from the face, as is the case in the more traditional psychological portraiture. This doesn’t, however, mean I don’t look for expression. Although Sitting Nude is related to a generic idea of the human body, it also refers to something specific; in this case, myself. The melancholy of the image is more related to an assumed and manifested ethic for beauty.
Intersections artist Bernardi Roig inside one of his works, White Cage, coming to the Phillips this fall. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic
In preparation for Intersections artist Bernardi Roig’s exhibition at the Phillips opening in October, Senior Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenovic is in Mallorca for a studio visit and an opening at Kewenig Gallery of the artist’s work. See images from a previous visit to Roig’s studio here.
Roig with his work An illuminated head for Blinky P. (The Gun), 2010. Polyester resin, marble dust and fluorescent light. Figure life size. Courtesy Galerie Klüser, Munich. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic
Opening night of Bernardi Roig’s show at Kewenig Gallery. Photos: Vesela Sretenovic
The artist in his exhibition space. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic
Installation view of Roig’s exhibition at Kewenig Gallery in Mallorca. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic
In this video, Intersections artist Vesna Pavlović discusses her recently installed work at the Phillips, Illuminated Archive. “In any typical museum setting, we’re used to seeing artworks on walls,” says Pavlović. “One of the pieces in the show is a 35-foot long sheer curtain with digitally transferred black and white imagery, which offers a different experience of space.”