The book Beyond Matter offers a survey of all the photographs, drawings, installations, sculptures and videos produced by Levi van Veluw from 2011 to 2019.
This extraordinary book is an artwork in itself. Besides beautiful artwork reproductions, the publication contains a small sculpture placed in the cover of the book. This sculpture is a handmade shape from marbled clay. This clay element refers to Van Veluw’s newest art works and can be considered an essential foundation on which his work is built.
Van Veluw, born in the reformist Hoevelaken, with a grandfather who was a minister, has been fascinated with the church and its rituals since his early youth. Not only the complexity, conviction and certainty with which the faith was proclaimed in his congregation and the stark visual language of its practice made him sensitive to the visual vernacular of religious seduction. Yet also modern spiritual movements, such as the well-known Church of Scientology, that make convincing use of religious symbols, intrigue him as well.
Throughout the ages, in cultures around the world, religion has played an important role in the development of art, architecture and storytelling. Even if spiritually is ultimately immaterial, most people practice their faith in places of worship, using sacred objects and performing sacred rituals. Van Veluw has meticulously studied the rich formal language and power of imagination that is used to lead people to religious faith.
Within this research, he is particularly interested in the aspects of the religious process. He chooses not to focus on political issues surrounding faith, but rather explores how the various faiths operate in the mind of the faithful through form and image. And: whether he, as an artist, is capable of provoking a convincing spiritual experience in the visitor.
Since graduating in 2007, Levi van Veluw has produced multi-disciplinary works that includes photographs, videos, sculptures, installations and drawings. This 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.