Johan Nieuwenhuize - IMG_
Johan Nieuwenhuize (b. 1980) is a Dutch photographer, artist and curator. His work has been shown at Van Kranendonk Gallery, Den Haag, Art Rotterdam, the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, and De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal, Middelburg. Glasgow City Arts takes a look at his latest project which was recently exhibited in Glasgow's Street Level Photoworks.
IMG_ - A collection of abstract and semi-abstract photographic observations of »the city«
Johan Nieuwenhuize’s new project, IMG_, is a growing collection of abstract and semi-abstract photographic observations of »the city«: structures, buildings, cars, and reflections. The work represents an active visual archive consisting of images made during Nieuwenhuize’s travels to different cities in Europe and the USA. The way the images are combined, is based on the »Kuleshov effect«, demonstrated by Russian filmmaker Lev Kuleshov in the 1920s. In his short film a portrait shot of a man is alternated with shots of 1. a bowl of soup, 2. a dead child in a coffin, and 3. a woman on a divan. In each context the expressionless face of the man is interpreted differently by the viewer: hunger, sadness, lust. In his presentations of IMG_, Nieuwenhuize applies this psychological phenomenon in order to shift the meaning of individual images, alter the context and let the viewer associate freely, to form new meanings.