Sebastien Leon transforms spaces with sculpture and sound. Creating installations that can take up entire rooms, Leon frequently uses sound not only to enhance his art, but to help him realize each piece’s goals. As much a musician as a visual artist, his work shows that visual and audio perception are essentially inseparable, just as they are in the natural world. A frequent collaborator with other artists and musicians from around the world, he holds a unique perspective about how contemporary art exists across cultures. He recently spoke to us over email from his studio in Tribeca, NYC, to discuss some of his recent pieces, his interest in the increasing cross-disciplinary projects, and how he embraces the unexpected when creating something new.
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"Between Now & Then," a sound installation by Sebastien Leon in which ambient arrangements are played through almost one thousand aluminum pipes, photo by Valentina Angeloni
“Most of the time I feel as if I donʼt control my work as much as I channel it, so I welcome accidents, limitations and explorations.” – Sebastien Leon, photo by Peter Szolosi
Thousands of silver foil balloons fill the interior of "Conference of the Birds," by Sebastien Leon, photo by Peter Szolosi
The "Leontophone," a snakelike musical instrument covered in mirrors created by Sebastien Leon, photo by Wes Rosen
“I like integrating music into my installations, because it enables the mind to travel.” – Sebastien Leon "Carileon" photo by Stephane Deroussent
“I donʼt have set plans, I like being surprised and letting life take me to new territories.” – Sebastien Leon, photo by Yoshi Miura