In The Tiniest Stirs


In The Tiniest Stirs

In an intricately interlinked world, where the smallest actions reverberate across the complex tapestry of society, Chawkandi Art Gallery's lates

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In an intricately interlinked world, where the smallest actions reverberate across the complex tapestry of society, Chawkandi Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, “In The Tiniest Stirs,” curated by the insightful Robella Ahmed, offers a captivating exploration of the profound impact artists can wield on our ever-evolving socio-political and cultural landscape. This remarkable exhibition features 11 talented artists: Abid Aslam, Arslan Farooqi, Asif Ahmed, Irfan Channa, Hamza Bin Faisal, Marjan Baniasadi, Mirza Zeeshan, Onaiz Taji, Rahat Ali, SM Khayam, and Syed Hussain. Each artist contributes to this transformative narrative, transcending time and space through their thought-provoking works.

The title of the exhibition alludes to the notion that even the smallest actions can set in motion profound and far-reaching consequences, echoing the butterfly effect theory. In this context, the artists in this show serve as catalysts for societal shifts, emotional stirrings, and belief installations.

Abid Aslam’s works are a revelation of his mastery in capturing the essence of cultural shifts and identity exploration. His subtle use of color, intricate patterns, and decorative forms conjures memories. His art transports viewers to a world where patterns and figures with a less or heavy touch of silver and gold combine together, creating a mesmerizing dance on the canvas that invites contemplation.

Arslan Farooqi’s creations challenge us to confront displacement and its psychological impact on individuals. His paintings evoke a sense of longing reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s works. Hopper, a 20th-century American realist painter, often explored the isolation and disconnection within modern society. Farooqi similarly delves into the complex emotions of individuals caught in the throes of change, drawing viewers into introspective journeys akin to Hopper’s iconic pieces. Although his work needed closer examination to comprehend the work and experience the deeper connection.

Asif Ahmed invites viewers to ponder the interconnectedness of our world. His ability to create intricate compositions evokes precision and spiritual depth. It transcends mere aesthetics, challenging us to contemplate the deeper significance of the patterns and symbols within his pieces. At a glance, it appears as his each work is divided into two halves welcoming the spectator to choose his side and use consciousness to read the narrative.

Irfan Channa explores the mystery of nature which scratches the deeply embedded beauty. The dusty images take one’s mind to the past. It connects the conscious mind to the memories which are faded or blurred. Hamza Bin Faisal’s art resonates with a sense of nostalgia and a yearning for the past. His meticulous attention to detail and use of traditional techniques seek the purity and sincerity of art.

Marjan Baniasadi’s work explores the delicate balance between chaos. The use of fluid forms and spontaneous gestures on linen creates a visual symphony that draws parallels to Pollock’s iconic “drip paintings”. The immersion in the chaotic beauty of her creations is worth processing for oneself to find meaning in the midst of apparent randomness.

Mirza Zeeshan’s art is a captivating fusion of traditional and contemporary influences; a penchant for blurring the lines between art and the viewer’s experience. It creates a sense of otherworldly wonder, inviting viewers to lose themselves in the patterns and forms.

Onaiz Taji’s works exude a sense of introspection and self-discovery. His exploration of identity invites viewers to delve deep into the inner workings of the human psyche, uncovering layers of emotion and self-awareness. Rahat Ali’s pieces in this exhibition challenge us to confront the impermanence of life and the passage of time. His use of decayed materials and evocative imagery recalls the works of Joseph Cornell, a 20th-century American artist known for his shadow boxes and assemblages. Ali invites viewers to contemplate the beauty in transience and the stories embedded within everyday objects.

SM Khayam showcases a profound exploration of cultural heritage and spirituality. He tries to uncage figures from time and put them in a modern form maintaining the historical perspective of his art. Khayam infuses deep meaning into his work through the mastery of traditional techniques. Whereas, Syed Hussain delves into the complex interplay between humans and their environment. His work opens a debate over issues like identity and socio-political issues of the region. There is a sense of longing and despair in his work displayed from his ‘Children Series’ titled ‘Untitled 11’. A child standing in front of the wall, advertising dates and slogans, hints the never stop Hussain’s art encourages us to reevaluate our relationship with the world around us and the impact of our actions.

In The Tiniest Stirs at Chawkandi Art Gallery explains the power of art to transcend time and space, prompting introspection and catalyzing change. Each artist in this exhibition has crafted a unique narrative that resonates with the viewer, drawing inspiration from a rich artistic lineage while forging new paths of their own. Together, they weave a tapestry that invites us to contemplate the delicate actions that shape our world and the profound consequences that emerge from the tiniest stirs of creativity.