His work is based on the concept of space with the intention to make a
stand against space. By making sculptures, wall sculptures and spacial
settings as comment on the space in general or which they are installed.
Materials he works with are wood, papier-mache, sheet materials and waste
materials as well. Mediums such as photography and collage are also often
part of the work process.
Leopold van de Vens wall relief works are a testament to his appreciation
for shred and paste collage. Applying the building-from-parts methodology,
the Dutch artist mixes his own material from scratch.Shredded cardboard
and newspaper, papier mache and the odd bit of white paint resolved in a
recycled canvas; not quite a drawing of marks and only gently asserting its
lumpy surface as sculptural. Bleached neutral in palette and attached to an
equally pale gallery wall, these solid, yet soft looking things comment on
the white cube space seemingly coming out of, as opposed to within the
space in which they are installed. Maintaining the care and deliberation of
van de Vens more traditionally formal works, these wall relief works start
to speak on their own terms.
(Review "Art Review")
Academy of Arts specialisation architectural design St. Joost at Breda the Netherlands.
1988- 93 MTS for furniture en woodmanufacturers Rotterdam the Netherlands.
1994-1995 Lives and works at Pouzauges the Vendee, France.
2014 Triangle artists in residence, 1 July-21 December, Brooklyn New-York.
2013 The Spring Exhibition,Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2013 Triangle's 100 x 100 Online Fundraiser
2012 Open studios Triangle Artists, Brooklyn, New-York.
2012 Triangle Artists Workshop, Brooklyn, New-York.
2012 Selected for 100 curatiors 100 days Saatchi.
2012 Postcards from the edge Cheim & Read gallery NY.
2011 Mail Art Project Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
2010 LOCAL SPAC(BK)E, CBKS 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.
2009 'Communicating walls', Copenhagen, Denmark.
2005 Sugarfree Netwerk, Aalst, Belgium.
2003 Salon IV NBKS, Breda, the Netherlands.
2002 Grafisch Atelier, s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.
2001 Summersalon Artis, s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.
Registered Curated Artist selected by the White Columns curatorial staff.