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Levi van Veluw's "Origin of the Beginning" at Ron Mandos, Amsterdam

by Suzanne on May 10th, 2011

Hair by Levi van Veluw, 2007

I will freely admit that I've had a bit of a crush on Levi van Veluw ever since I first stumbled upon his Hair self-portrait (top).

Coming from a similar school of thought as the great Bart Hess, Levi has been using first his face and then more and more his entire body as both canvas and protagonist of his work.

From next Saturday onwards, he'll be revealing works from his new Origin of the Beginning series at Ron Mandos in Amsterdam.

Natural transfer II by Levi van Veluw, 2007

From the press release:

"The artist has created 3 “rooms” covered with more then 30.000 wooden blocks, balls and slats respectively. Each “room” is executed as a life-size installation (4m x 2.5m x 2.5m) and will be presented at the gallery together with photographs and videos. [...]"

Veneer III by Levi van Veluw, 2010

Opening reception: May 21, 2011, 5 - 7 PM - Levi will be in attendance.

On show: May 21 - June 25, 2011

Address: Galerie Ron Mandos, Prinsengracht 282, 1016 HJ Amsterdam, Netherlands, tel: +31 20 3207036, email: info@ronmandos.nl

Gallery hours: Wed - Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Press release & preview

Artist's website

Levi Van Veluw at Art Rotterdam, The Netherlands

by Suzanne on February 6th, 2009

Hair by Levi van Veluw, 2007 - click for details/larger view

Every once in a while, I get nice mail from inspiring folks. The other day, the great Levi van Veluw wrote in a very short and Dutch manner:

"Want to let you know that  I will present new work at Art Rotterdam.

Including a large fiberglass sculpture (2,5 meter).

I hope you have time to visit the exhibition."

Of course I neither have time nor money to go visit, Levi, but I'll introduce your work to my beloved readers - in Holland and all over this glorious interweb.

Blocks (left) and Carpet (right) by Levi van Veluw, 2007 - click for details/larger view

Hoevelaken-born Levi van Veluw has a somewhat unhealthy artistic obsession with his face.

But maybe we'd all paint, plaster and glue stuff on our faces if we'd look like Patrick Bateman. Hell, I definitely would do such incredible naughtiness to my own face!

From ballpoint pens to felt and hair, Levi has decorated and adorned his angelic face in the most exquisite microcosmic manner and documented the process in ever so minute and tidy semi-profile photographs.

Natural transfer II (left) and Landscape I (right) by Levi van Veluw, 2007 - click for details/larger view

His work is proof that the human body is indeed the most exciting canvas and we look forward to seeing ever more facescapes develop on Levi's skin.

So if you, gentle reader, happen to be in Rotterdam right now, don't miss seeing some of his new works at Art Rotterdam. Details below.

Gravel by Levi van Veluw, 2007 - click for details/larger view

On show: February 5 - 8, 2009

Address: Cruise Terminal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands | Directions

Hours: Thu - Fri: 1 - 6 PM, Sat - Sun: 11 AM - 7 PM

Admission fee: € 15 | € 12,50 after 5 PM

Artist's website

In other most urgent news, it's my birthday soon - my thirtieth, nonetheless - and yes, you may indeed buy me presents again because you love me:

Etsy wishlist

Amazon wishlist UK

Amazon wishlist US

I still haven't received that iPhone you promised me for Christmas, nor world peace, for what it's worth.