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LEVI VAN GELDER

Quintessentialism (2016)

 

 

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.

 

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2016 - Tot Gruis, Golgi Expo, Utrecht

2017 - TO OWN II, Academie Galerie, Utrecht

2017 - TO OWN, Salone del Mobile, Milano

I

Weigh the object in your hands

Feel the material between your fingers

 

 

II

Observe, analyse

Stray far, stray wide

 

 

III

Dissect, keep dissecting

 

 

IIII

Wander off, startle awake

Merge into the ritual

 

 

IIIII

Spread out the object, and sweep the memory back together.

 

 

LEVI VAN GELDER

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