N. N. Rimzon:
Sculptures and Drawings
with the artist: Friday 7th March, 7.00 to 9.00 pm
continues until 25th March 2008.
Guild Art Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of N. N. Rimzon’s
sculptures and drawings. N. N. Rimzon was born in 1957 in Kerala and
received his B.F.A. in sculpture from College of Arts in
Trivandrum and took his Master's Degree in Sculpture from MS
University, Baroda. N. N. Rimzon earned an M.A. from the
Royal College of Art London. A recipient of many awards, his work
has been widely exhibited both in India and Europe.
a world of increasing contrasts, N.N Rimzon wishes to restore a basic
wholeness. This may be natural for the artist born and living in
Kerala, which has preserved its verdant habitat, arts and beliefs
while facing the effects of globalization. His method where intuition,
without contradicting, prevails over intellectual concepts, eventually
pares it down to the most rudimentary elements. The ancient permeates
the present-day throughout N.N.Rimzon's art. He has been working with
a restricted number of potent images-signs which while bearing clear
meaning are latent with richness of manifestations and enigma. He
draws on archaic layers of experience from a time when human mind and
feelings did not distinguish between mundane and divine. In a rather
similar manner he uses material from art history. Among his main
motifs is the earthen pot - the womb of fertility. When paired, it may
allude also to fertile masculinity. The egg, the shell, the stone and
the mountain relate to its iconography and actual roles. The loaded
simplicity of those volumes can be compared to and partly derived from
the element of abstracting that is intrinsic in old Kerala art. N.N.
Rimzon does not stylize but imbues the essence of ancient imagery with
that of his own contemporary minimalist disposition. In his sculptures
there is an emphasis on ample, dense, rounded volumes evoking the
breathing tactility of animated beings simplifying and somewhat
abstracting the shapes. Its connectedness with other forms, sensations
and thoughts, is set off by a lyrical proximity, which the artist
calls the experience of a dream. Through N.N. Rimzon’s works the
viewer gains a palpable, close contact where individual, half-realized
memories blend with archetypal paradigms.
always draws alongside sculpting. Such drawings are not preparatory
sketches; they revolve around motifs and meanings central to his
sculpture. N.N. Rimzon uses rudimentary outlines, which although
are rough, register a tender tremor, their intimacy touching the raw
nerve. Sometimes his strokes on the flat paper consider structure,
volume and mass through silhouette contours, surface, concavity and
hollowness. From the varied lines, the opaqueness and tonalities of
charcoal and dry or oil pastels, he creates environs suffused by a
dense atmosphere emblematic of primeval, states and feelings.
Frequently it is an ancient forest with trees of tight-smooth,
spiraling branches whose energy is spreading under a heavy nocturnal
sky impregnated by the sacred and illuminated by phantasmagorical
misty stars. Sporadically, a human figure becomes part of the
landscape, as archetypal as nature and as dual of character as this
world, sometimes a bearded sage, a wondering hermit or a warrior
seated in the lotus position.
the specifics of this reality with its system of casts and outcasts,
N.N. Rimzon captures the mechanisms of subservience typical to this
country but universalized enough to point towards traits common to all
humanity. His figures belong to the Indian physique and aesthetic.
Whether at the moment he dwells primarily on precious, affirmative
manifestations of life or on violence and death, the artist has been
saying all along that wellness has to be known together with pain,
since both inescapably shape our existence. N. N. Rimzon desires to
awaken a transformative potential through the unfolding of the
spectator’s experience.” - An excerpt from the catalogue essay
by Marta Jakimowicz.
N. Rimzon's recent solo - ‘Seven Oceans and the Unnumbered
Stars’ Sculptures and Works on paper, was held at Bodhi Art
Limited, New York.
Rimzon is one of the internationally acclaimed artists and
has had many international shows, amongst them, Edge
of Desire: Recent Art in India, Curated by Chaitanya Sambrani.
Perth Cultural Center, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Asia Society
Gallery and Queens Museum, New York. U. S. A.; Busan Biennale,
Busan ; ‘Sub Terrain’: Body –City – Sitting
contemporary culture in India , curated by Geeta Kapur,
House of World Culture , Berlin , Germany ; El Filo del Deseo
– Arte Reciente en India, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey
MARCO, Monterry; White/ Light at Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of
Modern Art, Brisbane; New Indian Art at Manchester Art Gallery,
Manchester, England; Lines of Descent – The Family in
Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art,
Rimzon is now Principal of Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts,