Leopold van de Ven (Leopold)
My work is based on the concept of space; to show space and rediscover it, sometimes even in two-dimensional form, but always with the same idea in mind. This is how I see it: two qualities of a drawing are representation and the imagination of depth. An object has a three-dimensional, physical presence and can therefore be an inconvenience. It is tangible, has substance and can hence constitute a drama/tell a story.
My wall reliefs I describe as ‘two-dimensional sculptures’: a combination of the qualities of a drawing and those of a three-dimensional object. In this way I try to give the two-dimensional sculptures imaginary depth, without it becoming an image-like drawing. I call it ‘abstract surrealism’. The actual presence as a tangible object forms the three-dimensional element which enhances expression in the piece of art.
1988- 93 Academy of Art St. Joost at Breda the Netherlands, specialisation architectural design.
1984-88 MTS for furniture en woodmanufacturers
2014 6 month artist in residence Triangle Brooklyn New York
2012 Triangle Workshop programm New-York
Represented by White Columns New-York Curated Artist Registry.
catalogue Annual 04/05
Netwerk/ center for contemorary art, 2006
review Daglad De Morgen May 2005