Exploring Myths and Paradox
world tears the boundary of our seemingly familiar world,
a world that we often build to give life a rational dimension.
Knowledge, logic, the basis of rationality, falls prey
to imagination, absurdity and wit in Ronni's domain. He
brings into existence a series of creatures, which get
involved with each other and do quirky stuff that set
the viewers on a metaphorical journey.
Sometimes Roni's visions are apocalyptic,
in many occasions they are paradoxical. Often his pictures
seem like a part of a greater puzzle. The puzzlement that
might follow standing in front any one of Ronni's creation
often give way to enlightenment. Because, Ronny play a
conjuror, who is constantly creating characters and stories
to outwit his admirers.
subject matters are philosophical, sometimes even intentionally
pseudo-philosophical. As they often question the basis
of reason and philosophy for that matter. To be on the
safe side, one must call Ronne's propositions ideas of
metaphysical content, which is loaded with sarcasm and
absurdity on top of that. They even venture beyond ideas.
As for the viewers, if for some the contents and the expression
seems too elusive, he or she will not be left without
the feeling of awe. At least, a residual sign of a smirk
at the thought of having confronted a relay of images
and sculptures that are at odds with our common sense
will stay with the viewer.
common sense or should one say the sense of logic gets
a beating after savouring all that Ronni has amassed in
his second solo, cannily titled Mythoronnia.
Ronni has developed over the years a virtual
world where all the visual stimuli and knowledge from
the past and present gather to form a realm that tickles
our subconscious. In fact it is the subconscious that
the artist himself explores and brings out in the open
a spectrum of forms and narratives -- the twin ingredients
that make up his creations -- which are rife with metaphysical
vitality. Ronny is a storyteller of the absurd, and he
does it in an unusually witty way. He pads it up with
a lot of sarcasm. This is why his grotesque concoctions
seem funny and appeal to both of the visual and cognitive
is a huge canvas in this show that playfully sub sumes
all the experiences from early civilisations to our technology-laden
present. The work carries an interesting title that even
pokes fun at the modernist absurdist guru like Becket.
The epic of a work that is "After Having a Great
Deal of Imperialism we are Waiting for Mr. Becket."
In it, the usual Ronnian hybrids intermingle with the
androids to reveal a panoramic scene of futility, as whatever
actions are depicted, they are simply bereft of any fruitful
end. The modernist pride in civilisation takes a beating
from Ronni. Knowledge and technology are being answered
to in a witty way. The whole image is filled with hybrids,
androids and mechanical concoctions that seem like a caricature
of real world achievements. In fact the animistic spirit,
the Arcadian epic, the monolithic ideas of past civilisations,
and the technological explosion is being addressed to
in this big mural-like canvas that spans the whole wall
at the end of the gallery of Alliance Francaise. But the
beauty of it is that the epochal imagery, at first, seems
like a mere invitation to a fantastic world. Later it
dawns on the viewers that it invites a whole package of
criticism and commentaries. As one begins to wade through
the densely populated paintings, the fantasy gradually
makes way for critical reflections.
is a pet subject of this twenty-plus artist. Paradoxical
titles abound this show. "The Man Who Discovered
Planet earth", "Forms are Not Always Formal",
or "Too Much of Population Sometime is a Solution
to Art", are prime examples. These pictures push
the boundary of our imagination. In fact it is the ability
to push the boundry that makes Ronnie’s art stand out.
The most interesting development of this
young exponent of the absurd occurred in the domain of
sculpture. This time around, the sculptural concoctions
of the artist are varied, both in form and content. The
weird machine-like thing that holds a pen in its metal
wire tentacle in "Write Against Everything Even Against
Yourself", and "The Man Who Discovered Planet
Earth" that uses a real umbrella, are two outstanding
testimony of the spectrum that Ronny explored in this
second solo. Through art, Ronny negates most of the things
we take pride in. He negates the modernist's world, as
they have discarded what the artist considers to be the
most important ingredient of life --- the power of intuition.
He intuits his fantasies. This is why Ronni's realm seems
charged with a poetic force that invites the viewers to
snuggle up close to his imaginary tableau.