LEVI van VELUW
Early last year Miguel Garcia-Guzman at [EV+/-] featured the work Dutch photographer Levi van Veluw, and the pictures really resonated with me – they are quite striking, and van Veluw’s use of repetition of form in the work makes it all the more memorable. So, when thinking about different modes of contemporary self-portraiture, he immediately came to mind. Van Veluw, like Jaimie Warren from yesterday’s post, is amongst a long line of photographers who go beyond using their body simply as a photographic subject. Instead, the body is the place of performance, a canvas upon which the artist works and then records the act with the camera.
This, from van Veluw’s website, discusses his specific approach: Levi van Veluw´s photo series are all 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 with a large 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. Levi van Veluw explains his method: “I sit in front of a mirror with several objects and ideas. That day, the process takes shape, and slowly I create a new object I find interesting.”