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N.N. Rimzon

The Round Ocean and the Living Death

N.N. Rimzon, In Initiating Mortals, 2017

In Initiating Mortals, 2017  Acrylic on paper  39" diameter

The works in The Round Ocean and the Living Death emerge from Rimzon’s career-long effort to craft an artistic language that speaks with the still, timeless power of India’s centuries-old belief systems and making traditions—and yet speaks to the complexities of Indian life today. In the direct, unadorned markings of his works on paper and canvas, or the quietly evocative forms of his sculptural works, Rimzon creates a deeply meditative space for contemplation—a space not removed from the world, but that offers a slower, more considered, and definitively less polemical take on it. A monumental sculpture, The Round Ocean and the Living Death, similarly deploys a recognizable form: a mother-goddess figure, seated and cross-legged at the center of a circle, still power. Like the gentle, belly-like swell of Secret Body, punctuated by the recess of the navel, the seven-breasted deity figure evokes a quiet yet commanding power—generative as well as protective. Her outstretched blood red palm and eyes seem to hold life, balanced, over a circular abyss. This deity figure appears also in the exhibition’s painting, whose simplicity belies a complex interweaving of multiple perspectives and deeply mysterious iconography—set, like other cosmological drawings, within a circular frame. As in all of Rimzon’s work, these works demand no particular creed or set of knowledge to engage with them. Open-ended and multivalent, they reference a moment before man-made divisions of color, religion, and nationality separated humankind.

"Once again, the artist harnesses the power of spare line and multiple perspectives within a single frame to beguile the viewer.  In bringing together the sacred and the carnal, Rimzon underscores the regenerative energies that such a union could potentially release."

Artforum

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Secret Body, 2019-2020  Fiberglass and granite dust  65" diameter x 19"

N.N. Rimzon’s works have been exhibited at institutions worldwide including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; 5th Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China; Museum of Modern Art, (MuHKA), Antwerp, Belgium; 2nd Asia – Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), Delhi, India; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Mexico; Berkeley Art Museum (BAM), Berkeley, CA; Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney, Australia; Busan Biennale, South Korea; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Asia Society, New York, NY; Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY; Singapore Art Museum; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai, India and The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Rimzon earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in sculpture from the College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum (1982), a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda (1984) and a Masters of Arts from the Royal College of Art, London (1989). 

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In Inviting the Sky, 2017

Acrylic on paper

39" Diameter

 

In Saving the Earth, 2017

Acrylic on paper

39" Diameter

 

The Round Ocean and the Living Death, 2019-2020

Fiberglass, granite dust & plywood

42" x 50" x 19" (Figure)

42" x 120" x 120" (Overall dimensions, in 5 parts)

 

The Dancing Tree, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

48" x 36 1/4"

 

Under the Sky, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

36 1/4" x 48"

 

Secret Body, 2019-2020

Fiberglass & granite dust

65" Diameter x 19"

 

In Initiating the Mortals, 2017

Acrylic on paper

39" Diameter

 

Blood Rain, 2019-2020

Fiberglass, laminated photographs & cotton rope

124" x 27" x 29"

 

In Awaiting the Divine, 2018

Acrylic on paper

39" Diameter

 

House without Roof, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

60" x 48"

 

The Night is Falling, 2019

Charcoal and acrylic on paper

15 1/2" x 20 3/4"

 

Boats under the Moon, 2015

Acrylic on canvas

36" x 36 "

 

The Holy Night, 2019

Charcoal and acrylic on paper

20 3/4" x 15 1/2"

 

Big Maa, 2015

Fiberglass, resin and granite dust

95" x 49" x 49" (in 2 parts)

 

In Inviting the Sky, 2017

Acrylic on paper

39" Diameter

 

In Saving the Earth, 2017

Acrylic on paper

39" Diameter

 

The Round Ocean and the Living Death, 2019-2020

Fiberglass, granite dust & plywood

42" x 50" x 19" (Figure)

42" x 120" x 120" (Overall dimensions, in 5 parts)

 

The Dancing Tree, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

48" x 36 1/4"

 

Under the Sky, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

36 1/4" x 48"

 

Secret Body, 2019-2020

Fiberglass & granite dust

65" Diameter x 19"

 

In Initiating the Mortals, 2017

Acrylic on paper

39" Diameter

 

Blood Rain, 2019-2020

Fiberglass, laminated photographs & cotton rope

124" x 27" x 29"

 

In Awaiting the Divine, 2018

Acrylic on paper

39" Diameter

 

House without Roof, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

60" x 48"

 

The Night is Falling, 2019

Charcoal and acrylic on paper

15 1/2" x 20 3/4"

 

Boats under the Moon, 2015

Acrylic on canvas

36" x 36 "

 

The Holy Night, 2019

Charcoal and acrylic on paper

20 3/4" x 15 1/2"

 

Big Maa, 2015

Fiberglass, resin and granite dust

95" x 49" x 49" (in 2 parts)

 

Artforum
Artforum
N.N. Rimzon October 2020

An enigmatic figure sits cross-legged in a meditative pose in the middle of a circle in N. N. Rimzon’s sculpture The Round Ocean and the Living Death, 2019–20, which lent its intriguing title to the artist’s most recent exhibition. The statue’s nose and closed eyes are vermilion, offering a vivid contrast to its grayish body... 

The Asian Age
The Asian Age
Nature and Femininity July 30, 2016

Thiruvananthapuram-based artist N.N. Rimzon is known to reflect his socio-political concerns through his works. His works — mostly figurative — are conceptual and minimalist in nature through which he pares down typical imagery in order to reach the core of things, basic states and fine qualities of humanity. 

Art India
Art India
N.N. Rimzon April 2016

N.N. Rimzon’s works explore the interplay between spiritual and material worlds claims Meera Menezes.

Mint
Mint
The Modernist Sprawl February 6, 2016

As one enters his ongoing exhibition, Forest Of The Living Divine, at Talwar Gallery in New Delhi, one is struck by the spectacular appeal of his paintings and sculptures. Warm colours dazzle the eye, towering statues seem to grow upward, and tiny figurines sprout like saplings from the floor.