A group exhibition titled ‘Cutting Edge’ is underway at the Full Circle art gallery in Karachi. Opening on the 5th of April showcasing the work of young artists recently graduated from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. The participating artists include Sakina Ali, Zainab Abdul Hussain and Muhammad Idris Runija
Sakina Ali’s display aptly titled ‘Discerning the Mundane’ takes inspiration from daily common objects that surround her space at home, her studio, her bag and even her wallet. She erases the line between reality and art by giving life to her art through artificially recreating those objects as hyper-realistic oil paintings in the form of consumed medicine receipts, ATM receipts and other ordinary objects which one discards without a second thought on canvases and furniture. Along with these Ali displays a crumpled up Espresso bag on a giant 8ft wooden canvas.
Zainab Abdul Hussain’s work is inspired by the concept of Rida, a communal attire, worn by women to cover themselves. She uses the concept of Rida as a sign of protection and by observing the streets and private spaces she has sketched different vehicles covered under tarps by their owners for protection. Using graphite on paper as her medium, she has created beautiful sketches of cars, motorcycles, carts and trains covered under tarps in the center with open white spaces around the subject.
Using his childhood habit of dismantling toys to understand their inner mechanics Muhammad Idris Runija has created unique installations, building machines using local liquid dispensing objects such as funnels, taps and kettles. These machines which are controlled by various motors and gravitational forces create abstract patterns by mixing and pouring different colors on swirling canvases. The movements are mesmerizing to watch as the colors are poured onto the canvas which rotates itself using the machine and creates perfect repetitive patterns. The final result of the paintings is unknown and even the artist himself states that he feels like every painting is different from each other.