Quintessentialism revolves around the possessions that surround us and shape our lives. We focus on our most valuable possessions, the ones inseparably connected to memories. Can we preserve the triggers to these memories, which we otherwise experience incidentally, and elevate them? By dissecting possessions and letting yourself merge into the process we create a setting in which we gradually search for the abstraction of figurative form. By engaging in a physical process with the material and by dissecting the object, one can come closer to the essence of the memory. We question the way we look at our belongings, and explore the boundaries. A religion we call Quintessentialism is the outcome of this radical view. We consider the dissecting of these objects a ceremonial act within this religion. By converting to Quintessentialism one tries to capture the essence, the essence of our most valuable possessions, the quintessence of a memory.
In collaboration with Lena Braun, Luuk Klawer, Dorien Laan and Niene Laan. Shown at Academie Galerie Utrecht (NL), Werkspoorkathedraal Utrecht (NL), Salone di Mobile Milan Design Week (IT).
LEVI VAN GELDER (1995) — ARTIST/DESIGNER AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS +316(0)48839907 MA Design Sandberg Instituut (2020), BFA Product / Spatial Design HKU (2017)
Driven by visual storytelling, artistic research and pedagogic collaboration, I aim to unearth frictions between compounds of reality and fiction, representation and misrepresentation, and to tap into the dormant spaces of critical and whimsical play nestled inside others. By means of performative research, I sketch out a realm that ranges from provocative tropes within pop culture to history formation. Through quick-witted storytelling and critique, I create a (hyper)reality show of distorted nonhuman characters that question authenticity and reveal layers of depth in the superficial.