Group exhibition to open at NAG on Saturday

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 11 (APP): A group exhibition showcasing the artworks by various renowned artists will go on display here on Saturday at Nomad Art Gallery (NAG).

The exhibition titled “Collective Thoughts” features the artpieces by acclaimed artist including; M. A. Bukhari, Nadeem Ahmed, Tayyaba Aziz, Shafique Farooqui, Ubaid Syed, Samina Ali Akhter, Saadia Hussain, Asad-ur-Rehman, Fizza Siddiqui and Maham Khan.

In the artists statement issued here Friday, the artist Sadia Hussain while describing her work stated, “My art practice and work revolves around the collection of my ancestral photographs combined with water color techniques.

I have also incorporated the different fairy tale stories, which I heard during my childhood.

I have applied the theme of various fairy tales on the surface of the photographs to translate the different images into another story”, she described.

The vintage photographs that are normally sepia or black and white from bygone days have been brought to life in the present era and change from fact to history and then become a story through the different mediums.

From shifting one space to another space, the frames are often replaced by the old frames so that the images give a fresh visual perspective, she added.

The other artist Nadeem Ahmad is a fascinated artist who was taught to paint palette at Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur by the late artist and art teacher Qasim Mahpara who began painting in East Pakistan during the sixties.

His paintings speak of inner feelings of people who are suffering because of political, economical and social issues around them.

He focuses on Sufi traditions through his art work.

The truck art series amidst his work started in 2012 with the inspiration he got after travelling through G.T Road and Indus highway to various parts of Pakistan.

Art on wheels is a unique flavor which travels with the fascination, spirituality and the inimitable culture of Pakistan.

His work is regularly being exhibited at Nomad since 2004.

In order to give a visual impact of Arabic Calligraphy in “Ism-E-Azam” compositions; Mohammad Ali Bukhari has designed a scalpel-like pen so that he can engrave letters into layers of oil color. This technique has paid off well, each work acquires sharply delineated aesthetic-decorative depth and swell each letter and work as a whole, making “Ism-E-Azam” more fascinating for those who relish grace and beauty of Arabic script.

The artist Ubaid Syed stated, “For me art is the imaginative
assimilation of reality, teleology in images. The essence of art for me lies primarily in the creation of artistic generalization and not in representing reality in its concrete form. Form is the identity of content.  In art it becomes the means of perception of the transcendental and absolute”.

I attempt to penetrate beyond the visible and then transform my  feelings into images “an attempt to show the feelings that hides behind the forms” the invisible behind the visible.

My art is basically a composition of mixed metaphors, disconnected, random feelings of both related and unrelated images that come across me, he expressed.

The artist, Tayyaba Aziz while commenting upon her work said, I describe myself as an abstract cubo expressionist, oil on canvas.

Time is what keeps everything from happening at once. We always compared our present experiences to our dim memories of past experiences. I show Psychological time in a complexe manner, it tangled in a drapery of past experiences.

According to artist Shafique Farooqui, My paintings are formed out of my impressions, observations and my emotional experiences I see reality as an endless process of conflicts and decisions, therefore the tonality of experience can never be resolved in a definite way.

The texture of life is like the surface of a block of clay; it is
shaped and molded by the circumstances of daily conflicts, personal and collective catastrophes and individual questioning.

My work lives on this quest until it becomes a rite
of realizations, a struggle for the possibility to order the sensation of consciousness, he maintained.
Nomad Gallery has a permanent display of artist Asad-urRehman’s paintings and sculptures. He has lived and exhibited extensively in France, Pakistan and other countries.
His art resides in the collection of numerous art connoisseurs.

“I know exactly where the splash of paint will fall, and as regards the element of chance or accident, I believe that, too, can be controlled.
Accident then becomes an integral part of the painting. The mystry of art is something you can’t really pin-point”, Asad viewed.

For Fizza Siddiqui, These consistently appearing codes are the soul of my visuals which represents my life .My work is dialogue between emotions and experiences, like a page of
dairy. Words behind the codes are a formation how I feel.
According to Maham Khan, My work is subjected on the unpredictable life.

The bondings and the unexpected changes that we have to accept of life.

No matter how protective we try to be to save ourselves from the crucial reality of life but still the excruciating experiences we have to face and can’t get the hold on time but we go through every good and bad phase.

The only thing that we are left with is our memories that help
us to look over life from the new perspective and to expect the worse from the life as well and be prepared to face “ Our life”, she added.

The last artist of the show, Saima Ali Akhta said, I have always been interested in the harmony between space and form with collages and calligraphy woven together.

To remain in touch with the past is to keep history alive, lost images in time resonating through a flow of vibrant colors and textures. Hardest task is in inventing a pictorial language that would convey a personal way of seeing things, while at
the same time discovering what the personal vision is. In all this a clear debt to modern art, as is my wish to stress rather than disguise the objective quality, the aesthetic autonomy of the work: initially at least, the response must be to what it is, not to what it is about, she stated.

The exhibition will continue till Dec 17.