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What’s Hot? (April 3rd – 17th, 2011)

Posted in Exhibitions by ps31 on April 7, 2011

“What’s hot?” or should we ask, What’s hot now?  Since Andy Warhol popular culture has been equated with an ordinariness that is antithetical to bourgeois taste.  Whereas Warhol’s soup can symbolized “common” experience, Warhol himself claimed to partake of it.  In contrast, when local tropes of popular culture such as the truck art aesthetic, the mazar and the dhaba, are used, they have most often been external to the artists’ own realm of lived experience.   In the use of popular culture as muse then, a subliminal assertion of class affiliation is at play.  “What’s hot?” asked artists whose work reflected an interest in “the popular” (in terms of subject matter and/or materiality) to investigate, through their own particular subject positions, locales where contemporary popular trends perforate class boundaries.  The artists found these sites to be lawn prints, lace, Mills & Boon romances, the Urdu digest, cooking shows, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, green tea, Coke, and inescapably, religion.  

 Participating artists are: Sehba Maruf, Danish Ahmed, Sophia Mairaj, Malika Abbas, Sumaiya Jilani, Muhammad Ali.

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Danish Ahmed. Coke Mehrab (diptych). 2011. Silk screen and acrylic on canvas. 18in x 18in each



Danish Ahmed. Coke Jaali (diptych). 2011. Silk screen and acrylic on canvas. 18in x 18in each red dot

Danish Ahmed. Coke Gumbad (diptych). 2011. Silk screen and acrylic on canvas. 18in x 18in each

Sophia Mairaj. Khatoon ka Dastarkwhan. 2011. Digest cuttings on paper. 44in x 36in.

Sophia Mairaj. Cover Girl. 2011. Oil on canvas. 30in x 40in. red dot

Muhammad Ali. Green Tea without Sugar. 2011. Mixed media. Approx 23.5in x 49in

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muhammad Ali. Green Tea Without Sugar. Details.

 

 

 

 

Muhammad Ali. zubeida@live.com. 2011. Needlework on fabric. 27.5in x 30.5in.

Muhammad Ali. Table for Two. 2011. Mixed media. Dimensions variable. red dot

Sehba Maruf. Three in a Box. 2011. Collage. 6in x 19in.

Sehba Maruf. Circus of Madness. 2011. Collage. 32in x 26in.

Malika Abbas. Treasure Box. 2011. Mixed media on watercolor paper. Approx 29in x 16in.

Malika Abbas. Bandwagon Series 2. 2011. Mixed media on watercolor paper. Approx 7.5in x 7in.

Malika Abbas. Bandwagon Series 3. 2011. Mixed media on watercolor paper. Approx 7.5in x 7in.

Malika Abbas. Bandwagon Series 4. 2011. Mixed media on watercolor paper. Approx 7.5in x 7in.

Malika Abbas. Bandwagon Series 5. 2011. Mixed media on watercolor paper. Approx 7.5in x 7.25in.

Malika Abbas. Bandwagon Series 6. 2011. Mixed media on watercolor paper. 7.5in x 7in.

 Malika Abbas. Bandwagon Series 1. 2011. Mixed media on watercolor paper. Approx 7.5in x 5in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sumaiya Jillani. T-shirt (front and back). 2011. Screen print on cotton t-shirt. Edition 1 of 6.

 

 

 

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The Karachi Miniature

Posted in Exhibitions by ps31 on May 4, 2010
The Karachi Miniature (May 4th – 24th, 2010) is a curatorial collaboration between two contemporary miniature artists, Sumaira Tazeen and Mahreen Zuberi, and Sumbul Khan, whose Graduate research in Art History was based on 16th century Islamic miniatures.
Critical discourse surrounding contemporary miniature had thus far centered on Lahore, the city where it all began, and the South Asian diaspora in America, where it first received acclaim.  There had yet to be an exhibition which evaluated miniature production in Karachi independent of the global/glocal trend, where the practice has flourished for almost ten years now.  This show was curated to probe the possibility of there being a regional particularity to contemporary miniature practice of the kind that existed between the historical ateliers of Herat and Tabriz.
The participating artists include Sumaira Tazeen and Mahreen Zuberi, who formulate and teach miniature curricula at The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and Department of Visual Studies, Karachi University, and their proteges: Malika Abbas, Hina Farooqui, Madiha Suboor, Fariha Nadir, Nosheen Iqbal and Raheela Abro.
The Karachi Miniature Brochure (PDF)
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Sumaira Tazeen. Sabz Bagh (2010). Opaque waterbased pigment, brocade and metal on vasli. 8 x 12 inches. red dot
Sumaira Tazeen_ Threesome (2010). Opaque waterbased pigment, silver leaf, lace and brocade on vasli. 8inches by 12 inches.
Mahreen Zuberi. Sub 1 (2010). Gouache on vasli. 18″ x 13″.
Mahreen Zuberi. Sub 2 (2010). Gouache on vasli. 13″ x 16″.
Nosheen Iqbal. Once upon a time I (2010). Metal, plastic and copper wire. 9.4 x 7cm. red dot
Nosheen Iqbal. Once upon a time II (2010). Metal, plastic and copper wire. 7 x 4.5cm. red dot
Nosheen Iqbal. Once upon a time III (2010). Metal, plastic and copper wire. 7.5 x 4.5cm. red dot
Nosheen Iqbal. Horsepower (2010). Metal, plastic and copperwire. 9 x 4cm. red dot
Nosheen Iqbal. Extinct (2010). Metal, plastic and copperwire. 9 x 4cm. red dot
Malika Abbas. Sachal Sarmast (2010). Gouache on Vasli. 12″ x 15″. red dot
Malika Abbas. Conversation (2010). Gouache on Vasli. 13″ x 15″.
Malika Abbas. Amidst the Great Ones in Fakir jo Goth (2010). B&W hand-tinted photograph on silver gelatin paper (Fuji watercolour). 12″ x 6.5″. red dot
Malika Abbas. Sachal the Shrine (2010). B&W hand-tinted photograph on silver gelatin paper (Fuji watercolour). 9″ x 13″.
Malika Abbas. A Prayer (2010). B&W hand-tinted photograph on silver gelatin paper (Fuji watercolour). 12″ x 6.5″.
Malika Abbas. Mystic Crown (2010). B&W hand-tinted photograph on silver gelatin paper (Fuji watercolour). 6.5″ x 9″. red dot
Hina Farooqui. Baba Bharat Singh (Undressed) copy(2010). Gouache on vasli. 8.5″ x 10.8″
Hina Farooqui. Size 0 (2010). Gouache and cyanotype. 20.5″ x 13.5″.
Hina Farooqui. Size 1 (2010). Gouache and cyanotype. 26.5″ x 20.5″.
Hina Farooqui. Size 2 (2010). Gouache and cyanotype. 20.5″ x 13.5″.
Madiha Suboor. Silence I (2010). Gouache on vasli. 5.2″ x 4.1″. red dot
Madiha Suboor. Silence II (2010). Digital Print and Gouache on vasli. 3″ x 5″.
Madiha Suboor. Silence III (2010). Gouache on vasli. 3.3″ x 2.5″.
Madiha Suboor. Silence IV (2010). Digital Print and Gouache on vasli. 2.9″ x 4″.
Madiha Suboor. Untitled (2010). Digital print and gouache on vasli. 5″ x 2.7″.
Fariha Nadir. Tanao 1, (2010). Tea wash, thread, gouache on vasli. 18″ x 20″. red dot
Fariha Nadir. Tanao 2 (2010). Tea wash, thread and gouache on vasli, 12.5″ x 22″. red dot
Fariha Nadir. Tanao 3 (2010). Tea wash, thread, gouache on vasli, 12″ x 20″. red dot