5 Minutes With Levi van Veluw

In our new feature Five Minutes With… we ask artists to take 5 minutes out of their day to answer some questions through which we get to know them better.  What is their go to song while working in the studio? Which single work of art would they choose to live alongside in their home? And what projects are they currently working on?

Today we have 5 Minutes with Levi van Veluw.

What’s the most important or most memorable advice you’ve been given?

If you’re making a work, you should feel a necessity, if not, don’t make it

What is something you feel you need to do everyday?

Although you might not think so, I’m not compulsive, rather something between pragmatic and chaotic. When you get older you notice that distraction from work is sometimes more fruitful than always working.

Which talent would you like to have?

lways something I could never be, I can envy an artist who makes something really good with rough brushstrokes for example. I would like a talent for being able to work in a more expressive way.

What projects are you currently working on?

A new solo exhibition for the Italian gallery we collaborate with and at the same time presentations for various art fairs such as a solo at Artissima and new work for Luxembourg Artweek and untitled Miami.

In my new work I’m incorporating mechanics, hidden from view, inside the clay sculpture. The hart of this engine is powered by a spring. Through a ritual act such as turning the sculpture or another repetitive movement, the objects come to life and create a hallucinatory andimmersive effect.

If you could curate your own show, what artworks would be in it, which themes would you like to tackle and what concepts would you like to explore?

If you are successful, your oeuvre will be ripped apart and scattered around the world. Sometimes you hear stories that an artist is discovered at the end of his life and that the entire oeuvre is still in the studio. It has a certain romantic beauty to it. I always try to create exhibitions with the feeling of a total work of art, also known as the ‘gesamtkunstwerk’.

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.