Ron Mandos Gallery is proud to present Beyond Matter, the fifth solo exhibition by Levi van Veluw. The artist is best known for his ambitious installations with which he fully immerses the viewer in a different reality. Entering these dream-like environments is a special experience - you enter a different world, and instead of being a spectator you are a key player. Where Van Veluw initially worked from an interest in form and material, his attention later shifted to themes such as loss of control and the transition between order and chaos.
For Beyond Matter, the artist has added a new layer of meaning to his work. Born in the reformed congregation of Nijkerk, the grandson of a minister, he was fascinated by the church and its rituals as a child. In his recent work, Van Veluw investigates the relationship between the rational, the spiritual and the material. Although most religions revolve around the worship of the spiritual - something immaterial - faith is often practiced in sacred places of worship, with the help of sacral acts and sacred objects. Why do people so much need something tangible while worshiping the spiritual? Where does idolatry begin?
From these questions, Van Veluw conducted research into the formal language of various beliefs. Through light, symmetry and harmony - often used to depict the pursuit of divine perfection - and using forms that are reminiscent
he knows how to evoke a sacral experience at altars, idols and temples. Entering his installations feels like entering holy ground.
The floor, walls and ceiling are made of glass. Behind it are blue organic structures with all sorts of sacred-looking objects, exhibited as remains of a mysterious cult. What remains of sacred objects when the spiritual meaning is lost?
In Beyond Matter, Van Veluw works with clay for the first time, a material that has to be processed entirely by hand. This gives the sculptures a whimsical, organic character - a great contrast with the modernist, industrial cube of steel and glass that separates the visitor from the artifacts.