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Think, un-think

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KARACHI: Before analysing a two-person exhibition titled Un-Thinking that’s under way at the Canvas Art Gallery, here’s a kind of a prelude to it: The ad nauseam uttered and written Cartesian proposition ‘I think therefore I am’ is losing its charm, in the sense that without refuting its meaningfulness, modern-day writers and philosophers have altered […]

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Washed upon the shore … and more

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KARACHI: Amin Gulgee is a seasoned artist. He has been making sculptures and creating installations for more than two decades and is a socially mobile person. His work is known to all those in Pakistan who have even a modicum of interest in art. Has that taken the element of surprise out of his work? […]

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Time present, time past

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KARACHI: Two very interesting exhibitions began on Tuesday evening. Shakil Saigol has displayed the latest body of his work at the Canvas Art Gallery while Koel hosts Alia Bilgrami’s show. Saigol, it seems, likes to dazzle the viewer. Not at the cost of blinding them to beauty and splendour but to make them appreciate the […]

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The Summer Show opens

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KARACHI: Summer and art: the two words ostensibly sound incongruous when put together. That’s not the case. The sun, sweltering or benign, seldom slides out of an artist’s canvas for it symbolizes many things, including life, death and spiritual growth; you just have to look for it deeper. The summer show that began at the […]

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The Lives of Lines opens

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KARACHI: One of the first things that young art students are taught is how to draw a straight line. It’s not just a technical thing; it also has a symbolic bearing. Drawing a straight line means you can make outlines and can create contours of an image, which is of extreme importance for any work […]

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‘After’ at Canvas

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By: PEERZADA SALMAN KARACHI: There’s something weirdly attractive about art that has shades of glumness about it. It’s a force that eggs on artists to investigate, to probe, to decode. They do not propagate hopelessness; the idea is to explore those aspects of life that can make life look like an uneasy exercise. Irfan Hasan […]

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Dialogue opens at Canvas

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KARACHI: In terms of interesting discussions, there’s nothing more absorbing than a father’s conversation with his young son or daughter. The reason for this is that while the former tries to bring his structural semantics to the level of the former without losing out on sincerity, the former keeps things innocently simple and pure. Imagine […]

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A world of weeds

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KARACHI: To artist Zehra Laila Javeri, weeds mean movement. It’s not a strange concept, for all kinds of growth are essentially an act of movement in different directions. The issue that artists find intriguing to come to terms with is the direction that the movement takes. The latest body of work by Ms Javeri, put […]

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The smog of tradition and history

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KARACHI: Memory keeps tradition alive. It is the process of forgetting, conscious or unwitting, that gradually hollows out tradition and makes history a blurred reality. Artists know the significance of memory. That is why the perceptive among them attach great importance to observation and experience — the former provides a link to tradition and the […]

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Do it yourself, the extraordinary way

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KARACHI: To commemorate its new purpose-built premises, Canvas Gallery has organised an exhibition titled ‘Extra I Ordinary (37 Do-It-Yourself Art Ideas for Free)’. Curated by artist Rashid Rana, the show has artworks of 37 contemporary artists on display and all of them are intriguing examples of how readymade art can move away from the banal […]

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Caravaggio in Karachi

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KARACHI: Quddus Mirza is one of Pakistan’s leading artists. He also has proven credentials as an art writer. So whenever he puts on display his new works expectations always rocket sky-high. And an exhibition of his latest body of artworks that opened at the Canvas Art Gallery on Tuesday lives up to expectations in every […]

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Coding labels

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KARACHI: Coding Labels sounds like a book title. Well, in this case it isn’t. It is the title under which the current body of work by Abid Aslam is these days on display at the Canvas Art Gallery. The artist is working as a lecturer at Hunerkada, college of visual and performing arts in Lahore. […]

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‘Felicity’ opens at Canvas

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KARACHI: Interpreting cultural norms in a post-modern setting is a pretty formidable task. Artists construe trends by using unconventional techniques trying to get a sense of patterns set from time immemorial. It is an encouraging sign that young Pakistani artists are willing to break moulds and think out of the box to create art in […]

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Finest art/can be created in borderline solitude

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Karachi: The finest art can be created when you are one with yourself, in borderline solitude, Sana Arjumand told me in an interview. The Islamabad-based artist is in Karachi for her solo exhibition, which opens Tuesday (tomorrow) at the Canvas Gallery. The show’s title ‘Felicity’ signifies Sana’s focus on abundant happiness. “Whatever you focus on […]

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