We love LA's modernist gems, but how many times can you be stunned by the same Julius Shulman photos, right? French artist Xavier Veilhan has been helping make a couple very famous houses feel new and mindblowing again--starting a few weeks ago, he populated the Neutra VDL Research House with ghostly silhouettes and incongruous sculptures and, in a private event last weekend, he filled up Case Study House #21 with smoke. CSH #21, aka the Bailey House, was designed by Pierre Koenig and built in 1958; it's known for its "moat" and its long glass sides, both of which Veilhan took advantage of. Here's how the Architect's Newspaper describes the show last Sunday: "a haunting performance installation at CSH 21 that transformed reflecting pools with black ink and made the transparent house opaque with dry ice-produced smoke." While we were there, we thought we'd show you around the house too (it's not usually open to the public)--as always, the fantastic Elizabeth Daniels is your tour guide.
· Inside the Neutra VDL House and Its Xavier Veilhan Installation [Curbed LA]