Dutch artist Levi van Veluw will be showcasing his greatly anticipated new solo exhibition - entitled 'Origin of the Beginning' - from 21st May to 25th June at the Ron Mandos gallery in Amsterdam.
The exhibition holds three life size rooms that collectively contain over 30,000 wooden blocks, balls and slats. Each piece of wood is carefully cut and glued onto the wall one by one by Levi himself.
Inspiration for this latest exhibition draws directly from Levi's own childhood - specifically his bedroom where he spent many hours between the ages of 8 and 14. The first of the three rooms contains a desk, a table lamp and a bookshelf. In the short film - seen below - the artist is seen burning the edge of the desk. This is a reflection on Levi's childhood obsession with fire.
Each room expresses Levi's attempts as a child to gain control over his life - the repetitive structure, pattern and texture are him gaining control of his surroundings. The dark colour, dim light and emptiness of the rooms also suggest a sense of loneliness and claustrophobia.
The artist himself will be welcoming viewers to the event from 5 to 7pm on 21st May so, if you happen to be in the Dutch capital at the time, make sure you pop along.
By Hannah Newman.