A group exhibition recently unveiled at O Art Space Gallery showing masterpieces of acclaimed artists of Pakistan.
Artist Adeel-uz-Zafar’s work has been set in the contemporary times in a skeptical way probing examination of unspoken and intangible ideas questioning the knowledge in books or scriptures with no specific answers at many levels: personal, social, political, religious and philosophical.
Likewise Ali Kazim prefers to portray his workplace and work as the most sacred place for him. He shows stones and their impact through art.
Ayaz Jokhio feels that death is sacred and he portrays it as a skull shown in a miniature work. The purposeful miniature effect establishes the notion of death making everything oblivious and detached.
In a similar context, Ghulam Mohammad delves into silence as sacred and communicates his message through ink and paper collage.
Mudassar Manzoor’s work talks about the contemporary world of change and fluctuations, societies being dominated by restless minds and the need of objects.
In his practice, he unveils the experience and sensation of the Essential Self, which is always present behind the personal self. Muhammad Zeeshan’s work titled In a Blink of an Eye focuses on how in a fleeting moment lasting impressions are created.
For artist R.M. Naeem, nature and work space are sacred places where you find yourself every day. For him, this is the place where one discovers and unwraps the new self every day.
In artist Salman Toor’s work, somewhere between abstraction and representation the painting points to a fluid sense of self, moving between text and illustration. Ideas of the sacred, the mundane, and the profane are depicted via a distorted face titled Humiliated Ancestor.
For Sana Arjumand, knowledge separates truth from falsehood, it unveils what is hidden and exposes the light. She feels that all knowledge is sacred if your intention is pure. This is the foundational inspiration for her latest work ‘Knowledge’. In the exploration of the sacred, it is the knowledge that holds the key, just as in this work the bird-holds the red rose. In order to fully grasp the knowledge of something, it requires a blank slate to start, to leave behind preconceptions and truly see ‘what is’. This is true for any kind of knowledge, but what takes it from an earthly to a heavenly pursuit is the intention. If our intention is towards the sacred, then all knowledge will lead us there.
We can see in the image that the figure is veiled, eyes looking upwards in awe and respect for the process of seeking. Humility and a sense of the gravity of the undertaking of seeking knowledge pervades the mood of this work, but the wonders of pursuing sacred knowledge is reflected in the golden geometric background. This flower of life pattern is a visual expression of the connectivity of all life and is celebrated in ancient philosophies and sciences.