Dimče Nikolov

25. 6.-30. 9. 1993

International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC)

Dimče Nikolov, Region 19, 1989, etching and aquatint; recipient of the International Jury Prize, 19th International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, 1991.

The exhibition included sixteen prints made between 1980 and 1990. Dimče Nikolov was a Macedonian graphic artist and a master of the classical printmaking techniques of etching and aquatint, which he thoughtfully combined and complemented with their subtypes (sugar lift, vernis mou etc.). In his works, he intertwined the memories of his domestic Macedonian surroundings and elements of contemporary visual culture. His images are populated by small and marginal details, visual scraps, as it were, of phenomena and objects, thoughtfully combined into spatial compositions. He named these spaces sections. In a linear way, he transformed the world of objects into unique visual stories. His space is constituted by the joining of crossing, straying and disparate lines and the arrangement of pointy or dispersed details. Into this world, the artist thoughtfully introduced dark and bulging surfaces that spread out into space with subtle tonal transitions.