Monday, February 21, 2005
Hermann Niebuhr's work explores a personal angle onto the larger project of renewal of Johannesburg's inner city. It comes to question his relationship to the city through such sentiments as apprehension and abundance.
The work sways between the richness of its forms and colour, where the oil medium is played to its maximum capacity, whilst remaining true to the emptiness and distance of a contemporary Johannesburg nightscape.
Through a minimal treatment of such urban contrasts as architectural spaces and filtering neon lights, Niebuhr renews an interest in the potential of the Johannesburg experience, and promotes its re-reading. The city in his work possesses its own existence -- almost exclusively independent of human traffic -- yet it invokes a desired life dynamic.