Johan Nieuwenhuize - IMG_

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.

© 2014 COURTESY JOHAN NIEUWENHUIZE, VAN KRANENDONK GALLERY AND ART AGENT ORANGE

© 2014 COURTESY JOHAN NIEUWENHUIZE, VAN KRANENDONK GALLERY AND ART AGENT ORANGE

Each of Johan Nieuwenhuize’s photographs from IMG_ is a carefully preconceived vessel containing a moment, a detail, a shard of memory, an image for you to latch on to. An invitation to associate. Not in isolation, but each in realation to the other. Robin van Emden
© 2014 COURTESY JOHAN NIEUWENHUIZE, VAN KRANENDONK GALLERY AND ART AGENT ORANGE

© 2014 COURTESY JOHAN NIEUWENHUIZE, VAN KRANENDONK GALLERY AND ART AGENT ORANGE

© 2014 COURTESY JOHAN NIEUWENHUIZE, VAN KRANENDONK GALLERY AND ART AGENT ORANGE

© 2014 COURTESY JOHAN NIEUWENHUIZE, VAN KRANENDONK GALLERY AND ART AGENT ORANGE

The book IMG_ is available at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow or via shop.johannieuwenhuize.nl

Up and coming exhibitions:
Fotomuseum Den Haag - April 11th - June 1st 2014

Find out more about Johan at www.johannieuwenhuize.nl

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