Collector’s Choice: Kurt Nimmo



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The collages of Kurt Nimmo literally blow me away. The force and impact of each of his images is a detonation of color, texture , shape and edge all perfectly orchestrated into a high impact expression. Kurt Nimmo is definately a master of collage.

The artist who captures the most perfect arrangement of materials is the master. Textures and surfaces appear in such a way that size, shape, color and form seem to land randomly,as if by accident. Despite the apparent randomness of arrangement, the greatest master collage artist will somehow exhume a coherency of relationships that appear to be arranged by only the most divine providence.

Elegant elocution that sings simultaneously of careless abandon along with perfectly measured placement is the earmark of a mixed media collage masterpiece. And this is most definately represented in the work of Kurt Nimmo.

Simplicity of arrangement reveals a deeper, more complex substrata of shifting shapes, much like the shifting of topographical plates in the earth’s crust. Textures emerge from combinations of multiple materials and worked surfaces revealing an instantaneous collision of torn shape abutting geometric hard edge.
As a little detour, I would like to share my own personal story with working with collage.  I have always had a great fascination with collage, as it is the bringer of growth and inspiration.

I remember my days in graduate school when I was learning how to paint. I thought I was pretty “God” at painting, back in the days of my early adulthood, or so I thought. So I hauled myself to a completely different part of the country to study painting in graduate school, to do what I knew I was really good at doing for nonstop two or three years straight. How could I go wrong, right?
Well, imagine my surprise when I relocated to the beautiful mountains of Western Massachusetts and discovered that I could not paint to save my soul. In my first year in the graduate program at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, I felt like such a dismal failure, as everything I painted turned to despicable mush right in front of my very eyes. The harder I worked, the more atrocious my work became. And believe me, at that point I would have gladly taken atrocious for an outcome if it had at least been a powerful atrocious.
But no, my paintings then were not even that. So one day I took every painting I had done all semester, ripped them all to shreds, and flung everything into the floor.
I looked down and saw the beginnings of a new kind of awareness developing, something that contained visual impact and meaning, beyond the broken pieces of my miserable failure. Because the broken pieces conveyed unexpected connections between the torn fragments, a new arrangement of power and beauty was beginning to emerge.
So this  is where my love, and admiration of mixed media collage began. And this journey of unexpected, unanticipated connection and meaning continues to this day when the search for meaning creates an art work that captures the moment in a way that surpasses all sense of time and place.

Written by Janis Kirstein







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