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The Bright Heads of Levi van Veluw

Visual Science
By Rebecca Horne
Jun 8, 2010 4:07 PMOct 18, 2019 6:46 PM
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The first image in this gallery of images from Dutch artist Levi van Veluw shows the result of van Veluw covering his head with light-generating foil. Photographed in total darkness, the radiant bright blue light produced by this material defines the shape of his head. Van Veluw's photo series are self-portraits, created and photographed by himself in a completely solo process. The work simultaneously suggests visions of primitive and futuristic humankind, in the archetypal language of fairy tales.

Of his own work, Levi van Veluw writes: "The images that I make consist of often unlogical combinations of materials, patterns, colours, forms, with my 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, I construct within the image, in a very small way, a different perspective on the world."

All images courtesy Levi van Veluw

Landscape IV, 2008

Landscape II, 2008

Material transfers, Carpet, 2008

Material transfers, Sterling wood, 2008

Material transfers, Sterling wood, 2008

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