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Levi van Veluw  Hoevelaken, The Netherlands

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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’. 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.

Besides the four landscapes, Levi van Veluw will also present a new video piece, landscape installation and works from two other series of photographs.

Since having graduated from the Artez Art School in Arnhem the Netherlands, Levi van Veluw has enjoyed a remarkable amount of success in a short period of time, with his work being showcased in several different locations across Europe and the States, earning him a number of prestigious awards that include the Photographer of the Year Award at the IPA International Photo Awards in the USA.


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Ron Mandos Gallery
Ron Mandos Gallery
Prinsengracht 282
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Blue2lip

02.23.2009 @ 6:54 PM

nice! a piece of inspiration.

A. acevedo

02.22.2009 @ 2:05 PM

Have you seen the original paperback cover art for Frank Herbert's book "The Green Brain", published by New York Ace Books in 1966?

Zoe and mya

02.21.2009 @ 11:34 PM

my sister told me it was a real man and i believed her.

Trish

02.21.2009 @ 10:46 PM

The wonderful piece of artwork at the top of the page seems to create a collision between both man and nature...it also seems to predict the future of man-kind and its relationship with the Earth itself.

Jacob

02.21.2009 @ 8:38 PM

simply amazing

Mike

02.21.2009 @ 7:42 PM

Anon,

You are right, but still, I crave to see something from a fellow artist that fills my heart with that longing to also capture or express beauty, life, the world and imagination in a pure way, untainted with pretentiousness, or feigned pretentiousness. I'll keep searching.

Kujie

02.21.2009 @ 6:37 PM

I think it's an interesting combination and fusion of two very old subjects in art. Landscapes can be seen far back in human history, but also self-portraits as well. Usually when a figure and a landscape are depicted it's the figure that is in the landscape, not the landscape as figure or figure as landscape. I don't think doing selfportraits is a narcisstic approach. It does assert the artist's status when he or she puts themself as the main focus. Rather than looking at a piece done by an artist you are looking at the artist as a piece of art.

Rsadler

02.21.2009 @ 5:52 PM

Yes, it is nice work in an art context, but if seen from a theatrical point of view, it is special effects makeup, and stagecraft. In the last year I have seen the emergence of a cinematic influence. For example, photographs that seem to be a scene from a larger narrative. It is just art with a cinematic influence which is ok to me. I hesitate when I see the artist using only his face and I charge "narcissism" which plagues many artists.

Patrick

02.21.2009 @ 5:19 PM

I'm a lichen it!

Pete

02.21.2009 @ 5:07 PM

wow, i can't imagine just one person doing all of this. Truely amazing!

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