An exhibition of drawings and sculptures by seven upcoming artists opened at Satrang Gallery in Serena Hotel on Tuesday.
The show titled ‘Or something like it’ showcases artists who challenge the idea of artistic limitations via medium.
“They created personal, alternate universes viewed through unique lenses in order to analyse aspects of life, human relationships, gender inequalities and technological advancements,” said Zahra Khan, the curator of the exhibition.
She explained how the seven artists worked within the boundaries of traditional drawing, mark making via pencils, ink and pastels on paper.
She also explained how the artists had established the power of graphite while enhancing their work with additional techniques and vivid spurts of colour.
Distorted reality and parallel universes feature prominently in the work of Maria Khan and Suleman Khilji.
Maria completed her Master’s in Visual Arts from the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore, with a distinction in studio practice in 2011.
She was awarded the Best Young Artist Prize in 2010 and 2012 by the Punjab Arts Council.
She developed her art through her bold and swift marks, and the bright patches of colour that she skillfully employed.
The fragmented and raw subjects that she portrayed could easily reside in the dream-like disjointed reality that existed in the work of Suleman who graduated from the NCA with a distinction in painting in 2011.
Like Maria, Suleman also drew out a genuine passion in his art.
His pieces portrayed confusing scenes of wilderness, faceless individuals and constant movement.
They explored mythical landscapes and childhood memories, and the complicated relationship between past, present and future, the known and unknown, seen and unseen.
Zara Asgher and Nazir Hunzai chose to alter the responses of their viewers by limiting and modifying the information that they provided in their work.
Zara removed the unique humanity of her subjects while Nazir breathed a new life into his pieces.
Zara created pieces which depicted cloth-covered individuals, making the subject into an object, and turning the cloth covering with its folds, texture and layers into the focus of her piece.
Nazir created sculptures and drawings out of found objects acquired from vintage shops, that he then puts together to produce art.
By creating a new purpose and new role for those objects, he remade them and challenged ideas of a single lifetime of an artwork.
Artists like Amra Khan, Waqas Anees and Saud Baloch represented control by presenting its antithesis, a lack of control.
Through more traditional but violent means, Amra, who graduated with a distinction in painting in 2008 and completed a master’s in visual arts from NCA in 2012, explored gender by depicting human conflict.
Her pieces portrayed visible tension, subversive postures and sexual identity as she investigated unexpressed sentiments and the danger of complacency.
Waqas Anees had worked within the realm of dominance but his was a more metaphorical exploration, as he drew ships on seas, engulfed in winds and storms as a demonstration of the limits of man’s strength and control.
Graduating from the NCA with a distinction in sculpture, Saud Baloch’s pieces were indicative of conquest, the erosion of culture and identities.
His drawings and sculptures worked on multiple levels emphasising the weakness of man and his ultimate defeat.
The display will run till March 28.