The images that Levi Van Veluw makes consist of often unlogical combinations of materials, patterns, colours, forms, with his head as the only constant factor. Each element is consciously chosen so as to affect a pre-determined transformation. By playing with the value of the each material and by using them for a purpose that was not originally intended for them, Levi constructs within the image, in a very small way, a different perspective on the world.
‘Family’ is the newest edition to dutch artist Levi Van Veluw‘s ‘origin of the beginning’ series – composed of photographs, video and three-dimensional elements. In this particular segment, van veluw depicts five people; his father, mother, brother, sister and himself, at a dining table executed in a large-scale installation (4m x 2.5 x 2.5m) that has been constructed entirely from 20, 000 dark brown wooden blocks, the repetition of these elements standing an expression of his attempt to gain control within the family structure.
At first, each of van veluw’s relatives depicted appear to be sitting peacefully at the table, however, his portrayal of the figures within the abstract and undefined environment somehow remove them from any kind of reality. The dimly lit setting and dark tones of the wood continues the artist’s exploration into the isolation and solitude which he experienced as a child. the body of work has an overriding tone of sombreness and lonliness, in which van veluw draws from his own memories to thematically and narratively develop his own brand of self-portraiture.
The expressionless, and almost universal face, allows the viewer to project himself onto the work. Because the works have really existed and have not been digitally manipulated, each image contains a short history of a performance.