POW: Levi van Veluw

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.

Questions:

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?

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34 thoughts on “POW: Levi van Veluw

  1. 3 Monica Gaudette

    He uses texture by covering his face/body in surface materials. He is trying to blend in or stand out. Maybe feathers because they would create an airy feel. I think this stye of art and photography is very creative and interesting. Madman,genius he is somewere inbetween.

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  2. 3 Hannah Neff

    Van Veluw uses texture in his photos by adding different things to the body of the photograph. I think he is trying to tell us that many have different sides to themselves. I would use paint, m&ms to stick on my face, and other objects that bring out texture because I thought it would be cool to use a candy object to make it unique. I think that Van Veluw is a very unique artist with his photographs, he shows texture in so many different ways that it gives us an idea of what to do for our photo challenge this week. I think Van is a genius for being able to come up with this idea of doing the many ways to use textures.

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  3. 3 Dakota Grant

    Levi uses texture in a way that models a character rather than just normal eviroments. i can’t tell what the main picture is but i can only asume that life can come from something without any. i would use a combonation of materials, maybe a cross between bone, and steel, potentially my birthstone. this is remarkable and i can’t tell if this is paint, actual material, or computer edited. Levi is a creative person and i wish i had some evidence of art inside myself like he does.

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  4. 3 Brooke Staley

    Van Veluw uses texture in a unique way that’s not usually used. We don’t normally see a face have the texture he uses so it’s interesting to look at. He has meaning behind every picture and that makes it more appealing. I think I would use materials to make a story and I would let something in the moment inspire me to find those materials. I like his photography. I think it’s very creative, unique, and interesting. He is somewhere in between.

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  5. Period 3 Taytum Prater

    He uses everyday things wood or rocks to hide himself and he brings texture to himself with different objects. I think he is trying to hide from something like he being covered gives him a sense of security. I would cover myself in blanket fur because i feel most secure when tucked into a blanket. I like his photography and work its very different i love things i never thought of or seen before. He is surely a genius, art work is never crazy or mad.

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  6. 3 Courtney Smith

    Veluw uses texture in his photographs by covering his body in different types of surface materials. Veluw wants to blend into his photos or disappear. I would use wood or grass maybe even tile because they all have very interesting textures. I think it’s cool and very interesting. It’s unique. I think Veluw is a genius. His art is very different.

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  7. 3. Iana Mocanu

    1. How does Van Veluw use texture in his photographs?
    by covering his face in surface materials he wants to disappear into.
    2. What is Veluw trying to communicate in his pictures?
    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.
    3. What sort of materials would you cover your face with if you tried this same idea and why?
    if i tried this id cover my face in chocolate
    4. What is your opinion of Van Veluw’s photography and art?
    i think that is pretty cool and interesting to look at
    5. Do you think Veluw is a madman, a genius, or both?
    i think he is both

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  8. andres mejia

    1. How does Van Veluw use texture in his photographs?
    he uses it to show that other texture and materials can look like a human too.
    2. What is Veluw trying to communicate in his pictures?
    hes trying to communicate that everything can be the same if you make it look that way.
    3. What sort of materials would you cover your face with if you tried this same idea and why?
    crosshatches/rope because it would really show texture.
    4. What is your opinion of Van Veluw’s photography and art?
    its different
    5. Do you think Veluw is a madman, a genius, or both?
    both because you have to be a little mad to be a genius.

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  9. Deontae Martin

    1. How does Van Veluw use texture in his photographs?
    He uses a human face to bring out texture
    2. What is Veluw trying to communicate in his pictures?
    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.
    3. What sort of materials would you cover your face with if you tried this same idea and why?
    Sand because it would be unique
    4. What is your opinion of Van Veluw’s photography and art?
    i think its a really creative way to bring out texture
    5. Do you think Veluw is a madman, a genius, or both?
    Both because it would wierd to take that type of photo

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  10. 5 Olivia Agard

    He uses it as a way to sculpt his art. Using the human face is rather difficult to do when you are using the objects he’s using. I really think he’s doing this just to mess with our minds in a way? I wouldn’t expect him to actually put all that stuff over his own body. I thought he’d use a mannequin instead. If I were to do this, I would use flowers. I really love the idea of using a bunch of rose petals of different colors. His art is actually beautiful! I’m really amazed by his talent and unique perspective. He’s honestly a genius! I love this a lot.

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  11. 5 mehrija selava

    1. How does Van Veluw use texture in his photographs? he uses humans faces and bodies and brings out texture in them
    2. What is Veluw trying to communicate in his pictures?
    he is trying to show that we are all the same if you look at it in a certain perspective
    3. What sort of materials would you cover your face with if you tried this same idea and why?
    rose petals because it was bring out the structure of the face
    4. What is your opinion of Van Veluw’s photography and art?
    i think its very unique and very descriptive
    5. Do you think Veluw is a madman, a genius, or both?
    a genius

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  12. 5 Rob Meadors

    1) He uses photo shop to make diffrent textures on a self potriat of him
    2) All the diffrent textures and surrondings on a big picture
    3) Metals or abnormal textures to make it unique
    4) I think its really creative and unique
    5) Genius

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  13. 5 Tan Kieu

    1. Van Veluw painted over the face and take pictures.
    2. I think he’s trying to tell different faces of human.
    3. I would use leaf because I think it is interesting.
    4. It’s really photo and art I love it.
    5. He’s genius.

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  14. 5 Logan

    1. How does Van Veluw use texture in his photographs? He uses texture by using things that are natural and common that we see everyday.

    2. What is Veluw trying to communicate in his pictures? I am not sure maybe people hide behind nature or stand out from what they see as normal.

    3. What sort of materials would you cover your face with if you tried this same idea and why? Little pieces of paper so it would be the shape of my face

    4. What is your opinion of Van Veluw’s photography and art? It is different unique and kind of strange.

    5. Do you think Veluw is a madman, a genius, or both? I think more towards madman he puts weird things in the structure to a face which isn’t human.

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  15. 5. donavan brock

    by using peoples bodys/heads it brings out the pic shows its texture.
    he trying to show that everyone is differnt and we all have the same symecritcal face.
    i would find something that looks like wood and put that on my face i think it would be a vary nice effect.
    I think his work is differnt in a good way really shows a persons face each pic of his has a face but is stll vary differnt than the other one is.
    i think he is both because he has to be a mad man to come up with this type of idea but also a genius for making ach face so vary differnt than the last.

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  16. 5 Ethan Luedecker

    Van Veluw puts textures of natural and common things like wood, trees, and rocks, but he puts these textures on something that is not natural for the surface.
    I don’t really know what he is trying to communicate, but the pictures do look very interesting and I would like to know what he is truly saying.
    I would use scrap metal and nails something with a manly rusty look.
    His art is very interesting because you do not see many people trying this because its really hard to do.
    I think he is a little bit of a madman because he is willing to take countless hours just to wrap some ones face and add in digital effects, but since he is willing to be different and make interesting pictures he is mostly a genius

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  17. Vanessa Brown

    5 Vanessa Brown
    1.Veluw uses texture in his photographs by adding objects with unique texture in places you wouldn’t usually find them.
    2.Veluw is trying to communicate the idea of “blending in” and forming to your surroundings.
    3.If I tried the same idea I would cover my face in flowers because they are pretty and add good texture.
    4.I think that Veluws art is unique and creative. I am impressed in all the effort that must go into each piece.
    5.I think in a way Veluw is both a genius and a madman because the idea is slightly crazy, but also very creative.

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  18. 5 Lisi Thomas

    By taking different objects like grass or rocks even hair that you wouldn’t think of and you can tell its texture by the detail of the shapes each single object makes. To me that different settings make different emotions even if it’s the same face, the objects on the face make it unique. Flowers, rainbow or colorful coral that goes at the bottom of the fish tank and even a disco ball reflection plastic. That he has mad skill and I love that he is different and doesn’t have to tell his story through the outside world/ a waterfall with people in the back having a pic nick, no, all he needs is taking piece of the outside world and blending them together to form himself. I think he is equally both, a genious because I would of never thought of experiencing photography like that which is super cool and a madman because how does he not get that stuff in his eyes?!

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  19. 5 Svetlana Karpyuk

    The way Van Veluw uses texture in his photographs is by covering his face into many different kinds of surface materials such as wood, rocks and grass. What he is trying to communicate is his life stories and how he wants to blend in or stand out or disappear into. And the different aspects and roles we play in society. In I tried to do the same idea I would use materials that would represent my life or personality. Like feathers because I wanna be set free and fly kind of like a bird from society and its expectations My opinion of Van Veluw’s photography and art is that it’s really interesting and different in a good way. I think that he’s both, a madman and a genius because the art is beautiful, crazy and unique.

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  20. 5 Dennis Hozan

    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?

    He uses texture by making each picture look like there are things coming out of the body. I think he is trying to communicate different elements of texture through a person. I would cover my face with hair if I did this because it looks like a caveman and I think it’s unique. My opinion is that it is a little boring as it is the same just with different textures. I think he is a madman.

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  21. 5 anna fedorova

    He uses props to emphasis the texture along with having the same face in every photo. He is trying to in some of the photos make it seem like the texture is CGI, and we can see that most of them are not. I would just do it in oil paint, because it would only cover my face. Some of the photos look creepy due to the fact that his face is covered and we only see the parts that are outlines of his face, if we saw eyes in other ones they could not be as creepy. creepy as unnatural.

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  22. 6 Samantha Abbe

    1. How does Van Veluw use texture in his photographs?
    By using materials to cover surfaces or objects.
    2. What is Veluw trying to communicate in his pictures?
    He is trying to show elements through his pictures.
    3. What sort of materials would you cover your face with if you tried this same idea and why?
    I would cover my face with flowers because they are simple yet beautiful.
    4. What is your opinion of Van Veluw’s photography and art?
    His photography and art is very unique and i love how he is so different from others.
    5. Do you think Veluw is a madman, a genius, or both?
    Both. because most people wouldnt think to go to that extent to show their ideas. also, not many people would put those things all over their face.

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  23. 6_daniel dahlin

    1. he uses his faces to push out the texture.
    2.how you would look like in an texture.
    3. i would use cement cause its kinda gravely
    4.weird
    5.both

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  24. 6 justin downs

    1. How does Van Veluw use texture in his photographs? he uses normal natural objects

    2. What is Veluw trying to communicate in his pictures?his view

    3. What sort of materials would you cover your face with if you tried this same idea and why?
    coins, beads.
    4. What is your opinion of Van Veluw’s photography and art? it is very interesting and different

    5. Do you think Veluw is a madman, a genius, or both?both you have to be mad to be a genius

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  25. 6 Haley Miller

    1. How does Van Veluw use texture in his photographs?
    He lines the objects of his photos with texture.
    2. What is Veluw trying to communicate in his pictures?
    The simplicity of ordinary life.
    3. What sort of materials would you cover your face with if you tried this same idea and why?
    Newspaper articals
    4. What is your opinion of Van Veluw’s photography and art?
    I like it
    5. Do you think Veluw is a madman, a genius, or both?
    Well to be a good photographer you have to have and even balance of both

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  26. 6 Natalie Kolafa

    Natalie Kolafa
    Period 6

    Questions:
    1. How does Van Veluw use texture in his photographs?
    By covering the surface of his subjects in materials
    2. What is Veluw trying to communicate in his pictures?
    I think he is trying to communicate concealing emotions
    3. What sort of materials would you cover your face with if you tried this same idea and why?
    Candy or flowers
    4. What is your opinion of Van Veluw’s photography and art?
    I think that his art uses really interesting concepts, and is very cool
    5. Do you think Veluw is a madman, a genius, or both?
    Both

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  27. jacob green

    1 he is using diffrent thing is this photos
    2 that there are differnt kind of looks
    3 i would use a shirt because u could make it look like a face
    4 it looks really cool anf diffrent
    5 i thing he is both

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  28. 6-Andrea Betea

    -How Van Veluw uses texture in his photographs is by using diferent elements such as bark on a face to show the roughness it contains.
    -What Veluw is trying to communicate in his pictures are the different textures that surround us.
    -The sort of materials I would cover my face with if I tried this same idea would be clay. I chose clay because it could be either really smooth or really cracky.
    -When I first saw Van Veluw’s photography and art I thought it was kind of weird, but as I looked at more of his photographs they become more and more interesting and cool.
    -I think Veluw is both a madman and a genius because he has to be a madman to create such unique and interesting photos however, these photos are genius.

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  29. Noah Cruz 6

    1. How does Van Veluw use texture in his photographs? The people in his photo have lots of detail and he makes them very sharp.

    2. What is Veluw trying to communicate in his pictures? I have no idea

    3. What sort of materials would you cover your face with if you tried this same idea and why? Something with a lot of detail and sharpness.

    4. What is your opinion of Van Veluw’s photography and art? There all very good photos with lots of detail and texture.

    5. Do you think Veluw is a madman, a genius, or both? I wouldn’t say he’s ether he’s just a good photographer

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  30. Christian Lundin-Johnson Period 6

    1. He puts different textures on people where there skin should be
    2.The feeling of textures and diffferent elements
    3. Id cover my face in lemon peels because why not
    4.Unique and interseting and strangely beutiful
    5. Both because that is what you need to be to have a imasgination of that extent

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  31. 6 Peter Malattia

    1. He uses texture on himself and the background
    2. I don’t know
    3. Anything never thought about it don’t think I’d do it
    4. Looks pretty cool and interesting haven’t seen anything like it
    5. Neither

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  32. 6 Oscar Barajas

    Adding textures to his photos makes boring, portrait scenarios seem much more interesting. My guess is he is trying to humanize earth and the elements by putting them on a humanoid sculpture while also putting them in average scenarios. Mostly very ethereal materials, ones that would seem too perfect, therefore resulting in a picture than not only invokes a mood/emotion upon the audience, but also elaborates upon how robotic routine can be. I think Veluw is fairly competent at making pictures, they’re generally pretty spot on in striking a creepy emotion. I can’t necessarily say whether he’s a genius or not; there’s no telling whether he purposefully composed all his shots the way he did or whether he did it all in the sake of a “cool” image, which is ostensibly facile.

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  33. Roland Zhdanov

    1. How does Van Veluw use texture in his photographs
    He cover his face with different surface material he wants to disappear.
    2. What is Veluw trying to communicate in his pictures?
    He’s trying to communicate how art can transform us into something entirely different.
    3. What sort of materials would you cover your face with if you tried this same idea and why?
    The material I would use is metal because its protecting me.
    4. What is your opinion of Van Veluw’s photography and art?
    I like the different types of material he uses in his art.
    5. Do you think Veluw is a madman, a genius, or both?
    He’s crazy because he puts all this staff on his face….

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