Artist, sculptor, and photographer, Levi van Veluw, has what many would call a strange canvas … himself. He covers his face in surface materials he wants to disappear into. He uses many different kinds of surface materials. Some of the material he chooses are wood, tile, ballpoint pen, grass, or even shrubs. He also creates small vignettes, or scenes, like a railroad car going around his head.
Through Van Veluw’s photography and art he explores what can be viewed as our shifting identities, as well as touching on themes of different roles we play in society and how art can transform us into something entirely different.
After viewing photos of artist Levi van Veluw answer the following questions in complete sentences. Compose your answer in Word first, then paste your responses into the comment field at the link to this blog post.
1. How does Van Veluw use texture in his photographs?
2. What is Veluw trying to communicate in his pictures?
3. What sort of materials would you cover your face with if you tried this same idea and why?
4. What is your opinion of Van Veluw’s photography and art?
5. Do you think Veluw is a madman, a genius, or both?