The concept behind this exhibition, as the name suggests, was to bring together a diverse range of art practices and restrict them to specific size and surface. The artist displaying their work in this exhibition come from different backgrounds, have their unique techniques, styles and ideologies which have inspired them. The artist touch upon a variety of themes and ideas through their work; body image, identity, cultural norms and dysfunction, gender norms, family, urban decadence, traditions, violence, consumerism etc. have all been explored in this show. What is also interesting about this specific exhibition is that that artists displaying their work in this exhibition are at different stages in their careers, but what unites them is their passion to create beautiful and meaningful art.
Adeel uz Zafar, a graduate from the National College of Art, and a well renowned and established artist, globally as well as locally, once again displayed what appears to be a stuffed animal of some sort, covered entirely in gauze. The character appears to be slightly distorted and mutated. Adeel uz Zafar has previously commented on his inspiration behind showing animals covered in gauze, “Although hidden under gauze, occasional arguments often erupt between the mutated heads and appendages, leading to attacks, wounds and even attempts to swallow each other. This ‘swallowing of the arguments’ suggests social, religious, political and even aesthetic paradoxes, which differ in reading between East and West. “
Erum Akhtar, an Art and Design gradute from Punjab university, likes to touch upon subjects which are often considered controversial and taboo. Her current piece, done in oil paints, shows a woman scantily clad, in what seems to be a provocative pose. The background is what appears to be multiple sketches/outlines of female faces. Her work is engaging and encourages discourse and dialogue.
Farrukh Shahab has a very unique take on the figures he paints. His figures have an almost statuesque quality to them. “I'm in unison with the images I create; they are me, my different aspects, the reflections of my inner turmoil and tempest. I am also one of the minions who try hard to derive meaning out of meaningless existence and paradoxes of life and try to solve the conundrum and chaos around us. Art for me is a therapeutic catharsis which has given sanity to my madness, it’s a holy matrimony, a sacrament, a lifestyle, a commitment for life, it’s not my passion it's my life.” His love and passion for his work can be clearly seen in his art.
A lovely mix of techniques, styles and mediums was seen at 1x 1. Art is a powerful medium of communication and when art is meaningful, engaging and encourages discourse it has the ability to make a difference.