The artist is born in Tajikistan, grew up in Uzbekistan and is since 2000 living in Israel. She studied from 1996 till 1999 Applied Art at the P.P. Benkov Art College in Tashkent. In Israel Rimma Arslanov attached from 2000 till 2003 Art Studies at the Avni Institute of Art and Design in Tel Aviv as well as she take part of the Performance Art Platform, Shelter 209 in Tel Aviv. In Kfar Saba, Israel there followed Art Studies at the School of Art – Hamidrasha. Rimma Arslanov won last year the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award as well as the Alix de Rothschild Award.

The idea behind Rimma Arslanovs recent body of works stems from her childhood memories, she´s having from the time she grew up in Uzbekistan. The core of these works revolves around a creation of a fantastic world with its own autonomic set of rules and codes. It is a small independent universe containing diverse figures, characters and other elements, all drawn both from the magical, beautiful, naive and erotic world of childhood and youth, as well as from the dark worlds of sadness and mourning.
A central motif in this creative process is the use of architectural elements both as an influential source as well as a formative aspect. Different shapes of bricks and Mashrabiya patterns (traditional Islamic decorative patterns) can be observed as reoccurring in those works.


Judith, 2013, watercolor and pencil on paper, 50x70 cmUntitled, 2013, watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil on paper, 50x70 cmTombstone, 2013, watercolor and acrylic on paper, 50x70 cmUntitled, 2012, watercolor and pencil on paper, 56x76 cmUntitled, 2012, watercolor, acrylic and pencil on paper, 56x76 cmTwo, 2011, watercolor, acrylic and pencil on paper, 50x70 cm



final exhibition, 16.8. - 1.9.2013
vernissage: 15.8.2013, 8 pm
Kunstverein Leipzig, Kolonnadenstraße 6, 04109 Leipzig

The exhibition „GRAY NOON“ at Kunstverein Leipzig will conclude the three months stay of Rimma Arslanov at the artist residency BLUMEN. Arslanov, who lives and works in Tel Aviv and grew up in Uzbekistan constructs and explores an alternate – and very personal – reality through drawings, animation and sculptural work, in which architectural, abstract, botanic and anthropomorphic shapes and forms penetrate and merge into each other and are being compiled again and again in new and surprising ways.

At that Rimma Arslanov freely draws inspiration from the canonical vocabulary of architecture oscillating between orient and occident. Well-known ornaments, like the Mashrabiya pattern are combined with classical elements of european architecture.

The notion of a closed graphic space that obeys to the logic of perspective is rarely to be found in the artists graphic work, the reality that is being postulated always appears to be fragmentary, frail and fragile, sometimes maybe even demanding the viewer to fill the void. The architecture depicted is often subject to decay, appears ruin-like and seems to dissolve while floating in undefined space.
Especially by introducing botanical elements – again a dialectical / antithetical methodology is determining Arslanovs pictorial world – the artists drawings gain a quality that art historians and aesthetic theorists of the 18th and 19th century might have categorized as „picturesque“. Nature and architecture intertwine and relate to each other. Trees and tree stubs develop roots into nothingness and blank graphic space, the pictorial elements seem desperately to be searching for stability or a safe place. Sometimes man or other organic life forms that form the link between architecture and nature are very subtly hinted at in anthropomorphized figures and shapes that take part in this constructed reality rather secretly.

The pictorial elements that feature and are dialetically juxtaposed in the drawings often develop a life of their own in sculptural and animated work. The implicit liveliness and mobility of botanical elements in this way becomes visual reality.

The world postulated and constructed in Rimma Arslanovs work is a world of seeking and searching for authenticity. Even though the individual and recurring elements are rooted in reality they are part of a very personal and intimate symbolism. With a courageous leap „down the rabbit hole“ Rimma Arslanov exposes and digs deep into her visual fundus and childhood memories, and creates pictorial spaces that due to their imaginative, subconcious and sometimes dream-like characteristics offer a broad spectrum of interpretation to the viewer.

Abb. 1: Part of...(detail), 2013, watercolour on paper, 195x70 cm.Abb. 2: Still from animation 'Gray Noon'.Abb. 3: Still from animation 'Gray Noon'.Abb. 4: Shadow, 2013, watercolor, acrylic, pencil and colored pencil on paper.