Levi van Veluw

Levi van Veluw (Hoevelaken, 1985) graduated from the ArtEZ University of the Arts at Arnhem in 2007. He is a multi-disciplinary artist who makes photographs, videos, installations, sculptures and (pen and charcoal) drawings. He is best known for his installations in which he completely immerses viewers into a different reality.

Important themes are loss of control and the transition between order and chaos. For example his work in Marres (Maastricht, 2015). The building was entirely transformed: wooden screens were added, creating a new space and tangled hallways. It was Van Veluw's way to avoid any impression of an official exhibition space. Going through the labyrinth of corridors, visitors entered small exhibition rooms and passed small showcases in which his work could be seen.

Van Veluw: "I try to find where human logic is confronted with another logic from nature. An archive case slowly topples over and to us it becomes a chaos, however nature follows a fixed formula. It's not chaos at all, but pure physics that you can calculate."

He began his work making photographs of his own face. Then followed installations in a sort of family arrangement with people, a recognizable arrangement but also with an uneasy atmosphere. After this, Van Veluw shifted to installations without persons, wondering in how far the person in it would still remain recognizable. The next step was drawing, having to create something from nothing in black and white.

In the past ten years Van Veluw's work has become ever 'blacker'. "This really resulted from the drawings. These are in black and white. I wanted to hold on to the limitations this posed in a following phase, unless colour would really add something. And not just because that would perhaps look nicer. Until the moment that is so, I will keep it black and white." 

Levi van Veluw, whose work is exhibited frequently in countries like Belgium, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, has won various awards, including the International Photo Award.