Levi van Veluw

Booth 207, Piers 92 & 94, New York City



Galerie Ron Mandos is pleased to present The Monolith, a series of new works by Levi van Veluw that explore the significance of reality through a perfect cube in the middle of a space. Behind its dark walls, like a creator, the inventor, the artist, the maker builds a new universe where he discovers the relationship between chaos and order, disorder and alienation. Van Veluw’s layered multi-disciplinary works of sublime design, modernist architecture and disruptive environments possess a strange, unreal beauty with no perception of time, space and reality. Many of his works feature a combination of grids and geometrical shapes, which explore the idea of a deep immeasurable space. His distinctive charcoal drawings are always the starting-point. These are followed by photographs that are subsequently replicated in wood and are life-sized, which then become the setting for a video. 

Van Veluw creates powerful and accessible installations in which he combines specific surroundings with a frisson of tension. His photos are records of reality that generate room for stories and assertions while they suspense the area of a scenario inside the artist’s world. The exhibition is entirely excluded from daylight and the oppressive atmosphere is intensified by spatial interventions and interaction between installations, sculptures, photographs and drawings. By creating an environment in which everything must be redefined, the visitor becomes both hyper-aware of his surroundings as well as invited to become part of the installation. It is this psychological part of the process that primarily interests van Veluw. 

Since his graduation in 2007, Levi van Veluw has produced multi-disciplinary works. For his all-encompassing projects van Veluw goes through different artistic stages that eventually lead him towards the making of life-size accessible installations. Since his early childhood van Veluw has been interested by settings that are theoretically possible but difficult to imagine. The fantasy about an environment with other laws of nature, a world with a different logic from ours occupies him. 10 years ago, he became fascinated with the science fiction books by Fred Hoyle, Isaac Asimov and Aldous Huxley. In his work, van Veluw often refers to the underlying principles of these stories in which science, technology and the development of knowledge are called into question. 

Van Veluw’s varied body of work has been showcased in many different locations across Europe and the United States, earning him a number of nominations and awards.  His works were shown at The Bass Museum of Art in Miami, Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City, Design Museum, London, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., in the Denver Theatre District, at La Virreina Centre de la Image in Barcelona and in the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, amongst others.

ABOUT Levi van Veluw

Levi van Veluw was born in 1985, in Hoevelaken, The Netherlands
He lives and works near Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Levi van Veluw is a multi-disciplinary artist creating photographs, videos, sculptures, installations and drawings. His varied body of work has been showcased in many different locations across Europe and the United States, earning him a number of nominations and awards.

The artist first became known in 2008 with his solo exhibition Landscapes at Galerie Ron Mandos in Amsterdam. This coincided with him being awarded the International Photo Award in New York for the photo series “Ballpoints”, and the selection of one of his video works for the Whitstable Biennale UK.

In 2010, the work of the artist was showcased in a series of major museum exhibitions, including the exhibition “Dead or Alive” at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem and Ars Electronica in Linz.

2013 saw the publication of the book “Origin of the Beginning”. This singular book is a work of art in itself, published in an edition of 1000 hand-signed copies. The book, which is widespread among collectors and enthusiasts, provides an overview of the artist’s work from 2006 to 2013, a rich oeuvre that includes photographs, drawings, installations, sculptures and videos.

The work of Levi Veluw has been exhibited internationally in leading museums and institutions, and is included in both public and private collections, such as the Borusan Collection, Istanbul; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; Museum MORE, Gorssel; the KPMG Art Collection, Amstelveen; the Ekard Collection, Wassenaar; the Lakeside Collection, Rotterdam, and Cobra to Contemporary/The Brown Family Collection. In addition to his work in his individual practice, Levi van Veluw has also worked on commissions for private clients. In this way, he has collaborated, in 2012, with curator Marc Coetzee on the film “Family” in the frame of the “Films4peace” project. In 2014, van Veluw created for Hermès a life-sized site-specific installation for one of their main windows in Shanghai. Van Veluw’s works have also been widely shown at international art fairs such as, among others, The Armory Show New York, Art Brussels, Volta Basel, Unseen Amsterdam and the Barcelona Loop Fair Barcelona.