Farrukh Adnan - Portrait of Memory IV

Between The Dots

From July 27th to August 3rd, O Art space showcases a group show “Between the Dots” with the most substantial presentation of artworks of five emerging artists. The show is curated by Irfan Gul Dehri. The artists mesmerize the viewer to form their artworks with the traditional understanding of monochromatic line art.

 

The show evoke the true essence of the title “Between the Dots”, a mechanism for getting outlines onto paper, identifying edges, celebrate the presence, whether a quiet flick of charcoal on paper or a streak of graphite. According to the famous painter Paul Klee “A line is a dot that went for a walk”. The amalgamation of dots towards the composition and shapes of a line creates tonal variation which endeavor the eye from one part of the work to another part without any distraction.

 

The artists forms the structure and divides the frame to create the pattern and images as an element of creativity that exist everywhere around us which allow the viewer eyes to feast upon the amazing art form of dots and lines.

 

Amna Manzoor’s work “Deepening Sense of Self I-III” gouache on wasli enlighten the social identity as a critical factor which influence learning and performance of an individual. With her own personal experiences she emphasize on the formation of a person’s social identity in relation to other members of society. The society set a gender categories which decides the gender attributes assigned to males and females and recognize identity-related constraints beyond the individual level to ensure continuous individual learning with its potential implications for training and development. Amna’s singular aesthetic visions unerringly articulate the fantasies and dispossessions underpinning the social imaginary of a women. The white and red gouache works are an exertion of different artery towards self-exploration and identity with emotions.

 

Embedded in the genealogical, psychological, and personal experiences with his hometown Farrukh Adnan’s work ranges between the time and space. With the combination of pen on wasli and watercolors he extract the series “Portrait of Memory” and the “time travel”. He displayed few works unframed to create the sense of proximity and accessibility which speaks the language of the experience and expression of personal interpretation and perception. The work is the distortion of the senses make contradict between an imagery and reality of spaces. It is an idealised abstraction from the relations between individual entities or their possible locations and therefore cannot be continuous but must be discrete.

 

Karim Ahmed’s work charcoal on wasli and paper depicts the fine lines of burnt fissure tree. The burnt coal in his work represent the greatest catastrophe of war and the aftereffects in the form of global warming that can be befall human beings. The medium and the drawings are strongly connected with the destruction of the socioenvironment due to war. A particularly disturbing side of modern wars that may tend to become global so that they may engulf the entire world. War and nature in his work show us how globalization can be a force harnessed for good ends.
Sajid Ali Talpur’s work “Untitled” white and black ball point pen on canvas with cross contour lines express the idea of the journey and movement from one point to the other invoke the sense of spirituality. The work shows the individual perception and interpretation of the objects through lines. These lines are horizontal, vertical, diagonal, zigzagged, and curved which make the viewer feel anonymous. Usually extended perception is proportional to the products of image size and perceived distance. When you see deep inside, the visual angle signal undergoes a magnifying transform and define the objects and images.

 

 

From centuries artists are trying to portray the violence through the images, signs and objects. Syed Ali Karimi “Untitled” graphite on canvas portrayed the forms of violence appear endemic and inescapable and an integral part of life. The graphite drawings of Karimi are the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. Individual live with these conflict forces and terrible experience throughout their lives and deal with the intrusive flashbacks, fear, insecurity and bitterness.

 

The exhibition showcases the thoughts, culture and society’s norms to promote the creativity and imaginations. The show has been in the top of the line due to giving the chance to the viewer to engage themselves for enhancing their vision, in-depth perception and optical illusion.

 

 

 

Mehjabeen Soomro

Psychologist, Educationist

 

 



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Profiles
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In conversation with Anila Quayyum Agha
Reviews
Echoes of Naqsh’s Moen Jo Daro in London
The sacred geometry
The Politics of Knowledge
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The Art of Eternal Childhood – Journey to Neverland at VM Art
Between The Dots
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Farrukh Adnan - Portrait of Memory IV

Between The Dots

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