Levi van Veluw´s photo series are self-portraits, drawn and photographed by himself: a one-man-process. His works constitute elemental transfers; modifying the face as object; combining it with other stylistic elements to create a third visual object of great visual impact. The work you see therefore is not a portrait, but an information-rich image of colour, form, texture, and content. The image contains the history of a short creative process, with the artist shifting between the entities of subject and object.
Landscapes | Landscape I | 120x100cm & 60x50cm | 2008
Landscapes | Landscape II | 120x100cm & 60x50cm | 2008
Landscapes | Landscape III | 120x100cm & 60x50cm | 2008
Landscapes | Landscape IV | 120x100cm & 60x50cm | 2008
'Landscapes'. This 4-piece series reinterprets the traditional landscape painting, removing plots of grass, clusters of trees, babbling brooks from their intimate 2 dimensional formats and transposing them onto the 3 dimensional contours of his own face. Thus a fresh twist is given to the obsession inherent in the romantic landscape of recreating the world and simultaneously being part of it. The romantic landscape and self-portrait genres are combined as a means of re-examination.
Material transfers | Carpet | 120x100cm & 60x50cm | 2008
Material transfers | Sterling wood | 120x100cm & 60x50cm | 2008
Material transfers | Gravel | 120x100cm & 60x50cm | 2007
The Material Transfer series were all completed and photographed within a time frame of 24 hours and without any digital manipulation. Giving familiar elements such as cheap carpet, pebble stones and sterling wood a new context results in a confusing conflict between the objects normal associations and the new values assigned to it in the works. Levi van Veluw interrogates the attributes of daily life. Although it seems as if the actual material is the object of his observation, it is in fact their metaphoric use in daily life what interests him most: the signification people attach to the things that surround them.
Levi van Veluw | Natural transfer I | 120x100cm & 60x50cm | 2009
Levi van Veluw | Natural transfer II | 120x100cm & 60x50cm | 2009
Levi van Veluw | Natural transfer III | 120x100cm & 60x50cm | 2009
more at Levi van Veluw's website