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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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Who’s Afraid of Theory?

Posted in Exhibitions by ps31 on November 25, 2010

“Who’s Afraid of Theory? — a critic’s-artists’ collaborative” (Nov. 13th – 28th, 2010) is a project curated to allow for interchange between critics and artists on the role and importance of theoretical approaches to Art making.  Unlike most exhibitions which begin with a Call for Artists, this exhibition began with a Call for Writers.  The participating critics were asked to work with an artist of their choice who either had an interest in theory or could become interested in it through discussion.  The critic and artist were to then agree on a theoretical model which would be the basis of the work produced for the show. The critic was to further facilitate the understanding of the model and its interpretation and help push the resulting work beyond an illustration of the model.  In essence each critic was to also take on the mantle of curator for her/his own artist.

The participating critic-artist duos are Aasim Akhtar and Anwar Saeed, Atteqa Ali and Hasnat Mehmood, Nafisa Rizvi and Mahreen Zuberi, and Niilofur Farrukh and Meher Afroz. 

The show is accompanied by a full-colour academic catalogue with contributions by each of the participating writers.  Poppy Seed is grateful for the support of the Indus TV Network and Tapal Tea in making this publication possible. 

“Who’s Afraid of Theory?” marks the completion of Poppy Seed’s first year of contributing a variety of intellectually engaging art exhibitions and public-centered, interdisciplinary programs for promoting Art appreciation among a general audience.  As Poppy Seed’s first anniversary show, “Who’s Afraid of Theory?” is true to the gallery’s mission of making a meaningful, academic addition to the thriving art scene in Pakistan.  Poppy Seed is the only gallery which opens its doors to enthusiasts on Sundays.  (click on each image to enlarge)

Anwar Saeed. The Other Ways of Love I and II. 2010. Acrylics and charcoal on paper. 14in x 18in.

 

Anwar Saeed. The Other Ways of Love III, IV. 2010. Acrylics and charcoal on paper. 14in x 18in.

Anwar Saeed. The Other Ways of Love V, VI. 2010. Acrylics and charcoal on paper. 14in x 18in.

 Anwar Saeed. The Other Ways of Love VII,VIII. 2010. Acrylics and charcoal on paper. 14in x 18in. red dot

 

Hasnat Mehmood. Back to Basics I. 2010. Ink on Arches. 16in x 21.75in. 

 

Hasnat Mehmood. Back to Basics. 2010. Etching Board. 11in x 14in.

Hasnat Mehmood. Untitled A, B, C. 2010. Etching Board. 14in x 11in each.

 

Hasnat Mehmood. Book Works Series 1. 2010. Hand made paper, binding cloth, goldleaf, pen, dry transfers, wood, screen print. 37.5in x 5.5in x 5in.

Meher Afroz. Sabz Baagh. 2010. Needle work, applique, embroidery, screen print on fabric. 4ft6in x 7ft6in.

Meher Afroz. Kaala Baagh. 2010. Needle work, applique, embroidery, screen print on fabric. 4ft6in x 7ft6in.

Mahreen Zuberi. Jahan Ara. 2010.

Mahreen Zuberi. Jahan Ara. Screen Shot 2010-10-21 at 8.52.15 pm.

Mahreen Zuberi. Jahan Ara. Screen Shot 2010-10-21 at 8.39.23 pm.