“Gujlomeration” is a conglomeration of artworks by the faculty and alumni of School of Art, Design & Architecture, University of Gujrat that recently took place at Gallery 6, Islamabd.
The exhibition showcased the works of 24 artists in different genre including painting, print sculpture, ceramics, photography and miniature painting. The participating artists included Ahsan Ahmed, Aliya Amjad, Aniqa Ikram, Ghafar Mohiudin, Hafsa Batool, Haroon Habib, Hina Bashir, Irshma Butt, Imran Haider, M. Asif Sharif, M. Habib Akram, M.M. Tauqeer Baig, Majid Ghafoor, Maryam Butool, Muzammal Khan, Muhammad Junaid, Noor ulAin, Rabia Sajjad, Sana Gul, Shafqat Ali Awan, Sidra Iqbal, Sundas Riaz, Tashakur Fatima, Wajid Ali Daharkiwala.
“Che Mei Goeeya’n”, a three-piece sculpture by Asif Shareef, Head of the Department, welcomed the viewers. Depicting three men in conversation aptly represented the current situation in society where many people are involved in creating rumours and stories through different media that becomes the talk of the town. “Vicissitudes”, a sculpture by Ghafar Mohiudin had been made through low fire gaze on red terracotta and has 3D printing with wheel throwing. Hina Bashir’s sculpture “Enlightment” is also in terracotta while “Bibaji” by Ahsan Ahmed is glazed clay. “Letter Box” by Sundus Riaz is made of tin sheet and its treatment with popular delicate design of Islamic arts makes it an interesting item.
Muhammad Junaid has presented his artworks as oil paintings on dome shaped acrylic structures with figures of people in it. In another way, Aliya Amjad’s“Heirloom of Pakistan” on wasli creates interest through an unexpected window like projection, drawing attention.
Habib Akram, who entered the art scene with large scale paintings has a much smaller painting in this exhibition. However, he has continued with his imagery of a man with faced covered by a plastic bag indicating suffocation – as if a man fails to share his real self with others. Mirza Muhammad Tauqeer Baig has followed his iconic style of presenting an older man of lower income group with powerful expressions. His large size mix media painting is likely to be much appreciated as his previous works.
Wajid Ali Daharkiwala has decorated walls of new Islamabad airport with his truck art. His fascination with truck continues, but in a very different way in his painting “Piyo: Magar Pyar Se”. Aniqa Ikram’s miniature work “Repeat the tradition II” will be another highlight of the show because of its intelligent composition with bright and subtle colours and the use of different patterns drawn from various regions of Pakistan.
The blooms of sunflower by Sidra Iqbal present a refreshing aspect of nature that also hints at its supremacy and tendency to wither away. Shafqat Ali Awan’s landscape shows a rural scenario typical in the life of villagers. It also reflects the relationship between humans and animals and how they intermingle and relate to each other.
The façade portrayed by Rabia Sajjad is an interesting amalgamation of line work and print. The monochrome effect creates a nostalgic feeling and the attention to detail is commendable.
The multi-hued canvas of Tashakur Fatima is an impressionist style that presents a beautiful landscape in full bloom. Irshma Butt’s work in sepia tone is a portrayal of important landmarks that often succumb to the neglect whereby destroying the beauty of historical relevance. The still life work of Maryam Butool makes it more interesting as she presents the folds of paper in an intricate manner with a selection of red and black hues that add more depth to it. Majid Ghafoor’s reflective work with a shade of black highlights the façade of a building and its significance in daily life. Muzammal Khan’s work is an abstract that presents a weaving pattern that also hints at a landscape reflected in the waters.
Rural landscape beauty is what Noor ulAin showcase through her work. The lush greenery, the freshness and the ambiance all hint at nature at its best. Imran Haider’s work is a beautiful expression of a relationship of mother and son. Through these portraits he showcase the agony of separation with its visible signs of everlasting damage. Haroon Habib’s monochrome photography of people around town is amazing. His subjects bring about a unique expression of joy and sadness. The time-worn aged man with a glare contrasts with the sparkle of young children. Hafsa Batool’s painting is a representation of nature in the form of a lone bloom that stands in a bleak environ. M. Asif Sharif’s expression of art comes across in the form of wooden sculptures which is a beautiful narrative of emotions.