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The Inquiry of Art – a solo by Hasnat Mehmood

Posted in Exhibitions by ps31 on February 28, 2011

 About “The Inquiry of Art” (Feb 27th – Mar 13th, 2011), Hasnat Mehmood writes:

  “The body of work produced for this show is an investigation of the very basics of Pakistani art in the present times. For this purpose I asked my colleagues to provide me with names of people (writers, visual artists, poets, directors, musicians or anybody else) who have/had inspired his/her work or represent his/her philosophy. I then inscribed these names on to miniature books and placed them on a shelf, resulting in a “portrait” of the artist, critic, or curator.

I think that art has never been an individual’s effort only; it has always been produced according to the times in which the artist lives. These portraits articulate this phenomenon because viewers will find a cross listing of writers, etc. from one portrait to the next, indicating a specificity of time and place.

 This project is also an historical chronicle because viewers can actually go through the names of influential people in a portrait and look up those writings of an author or works of an artist to clearly see how the influences of other people construct the portrait’s artist or critic.

 I believe when we see something it becomes part of us and it can either influence us on an unconscious level, or we sometimes knowingly construct something in response to that. I like it when we opt for the latter and are consciously aware of the influence, give due credit to the person from whom we got the idea. This is a way to initiate dialogue, which is a healthy phenomenon.

 Art is dead; long live Art!”

(click on each image for a larger view)

Portraits: The Inquiry of Art (Wall I). Letraset, vinyl letters on handmade books. Dimensions Variable.

 

 Portraits: The Inquiry of Art (Wall II). Letraset, vinyl letters on handmade books. Dimensions Variable.

Portraits: The Inquiry of Art – Risham Syed. Letraset, vinyl letters on handmade books.

 

Portraits: The Inquiry of Art – Naiza Khan. Letraset, vinyl letters on handmade books.

 

Portraits: The Inquiry of Art – Anwar Saeed. Letraset, vinyl letters on handmade books.

 

Portraits: The Inquiry of Art – Ahsan Jamal. Letraset, vinyl letters on handmade books.

 

Portraits: The Inquiry of Art – Ayesha Jatoi. Letraset, vinyl letters on handmade books.

 

Portraits: The Inquiry of Art – Ayaz Jokhio. Letraset, vinyl letters on handmade books.

 

Portraits: The Inquiry of Art – Atteqa Ali. Letraset, vinyl letters on handmade books.

 

Portraits: The Inquiry of Art – Quddus Mirza. Letraset, vinyl letters on handmade books.

 

Portraits: The Inquiry of Art – Imran Channa. Letraset, vinyl letters on handmade books.

Portraits: The Inquiry of Art -Umer Butt. Letraset, vinyl letters on the pillar.

Portrait-Do it Yourself. 886 handmade books in wooden shelves. 6 shelves of dimensions 36in x 18in x 4in each.

Portrait-Do it Yourself (detail).

Portrait-Do it Yourself (detail 2).

 

Hasnat Mehmood. Note book series. Bank note collages on hand made books. Variable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note book series (details: book 3).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note book series (detail Book 21).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note book series (detail Book 33).

Inflation Design (triptych). Bank note collage on vasli. 40 x 30inch each.

Flirting with Bank Notes I. Bank note collages on illustration board. 33.5in x 41.5in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         Flirting with Bank Notes I (details).

 

Flirting with Bank Notes II. Bank note collages on illustration board. 33.5in x 41.5in. 

 

 

 

 

       Flirting with Bank Notes II (details)

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