Karigari is an embracing journey that guides the viewer and artist himself to discover unexplored paths. This Show recently held at Studio Seven, highlights the true colors of Karigari, displaying the versatility of works from all aspects of life featuring Ayaz Hussain, Mishal Khan, Murk Mangi, Mushtaq Hunzaie, and Sulaman Arshad.
The work showcases how even the smallest flair can be measured. Ayaz Hussain graduated from Department of Visual Studies, Karachi University in the year 2018. His work explores musical sounds generated from non-living objects around us which seem invisible in other form. From brainstorming in drawing to finding interesting sounds of the objects, Ayaz further analyzes its physical extension and pitch producing elements aesthetically. Collecting objects which we discard as waste, he utilizes and transforms those scrap objects into a phenomenal sound instrument. For him, it’s an art to perceive things in an imaginative way and then create a meaningful art out of it. Primary purpose of creating these instruments is to introduce their actual hypnotic sound to the viewer as an art piece and as well as a sound sculpture. Ayaz wants to keep the viewer equally indulged into the instruments and engage them with its structure, material and placement.
Based in Karachi - Pakistan, Mishal Khan is a Visual Artist, who has graduated in December, 2017 from the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi, majoring in Fine Arts. She is currently pursuing her career; practicing art as an emerging artist. She has dedicated most of her art practice to traditional mediums: Drawing and Painting. In the beginning of her career, her focus was mainly on creating hyper realistic artworks which gradually shifted to Line art and somehow abstract. Now she works innovatively on 2-D surfaces, experimenting directly or incorporating reliefs/ textures/collages to them, varying their sizes and compositions, keeping them simple in terms of theme palette. She prefers not to incorporate many colors into her works; most of her works are Monochromatic (Grey-scale). Inspired from her everyday experiences, her ideas rely upon the depths of things which influence the majority but still go unobserved.
Born and raised in Larkana Sindh, Murk Mangi recently completed her BFA (Bachelor in Fine Arts) from Beacon House National University Lahore. She has been on (Deans Honors list 2015-2019), and was also the recipient of UMISSA scholarship award, during her Bachelors. The practice of her work involves painting and sculpture. Recently she has secured first position in “We the People We the Arts” competition, which was organized by the Switzerland Embassy, in the Painting category. She currently lives in Karachi, using various media to convey her work including painting, Sculpture, photography or at times simply collects ordinary objects. The experimental nature of the process that runs in her studio allows her to acquire unconventional materials to paint on the surfaces that vary widely, including slates and canvases. Use of red and black suggest the uncover themes of anger and loss that has been constantly reoccurring her practice.
Mushtaq Hunzaie shares closeness with his environment in both technique and concept. His sculptures are sculpted with classical sculpting techniques with precision and detail, although their features are classical. Green color of the body and color of the egg are creating a dialogue. Hunzaie calls this an act of “aggression,” representing mankind’s destruction of the world around him. By making stiff figure and golden egg in hand, the artist points toward core problems we are facing in cities. "The nature is very strong," Hunzaie says of his surroundings. "This influences me very much. I think the environment is a very strong issue, for the next generation and for all future generations." To illustrate such issues, Hunzaie's work creates visual scenes that depict human beings' destructive or outright greedy use of the natural land. The sculptor uses recognizable figures to create unrecognizable scenarios.
Sulaman Arshad is an evolving artist, living in Gujrat, Punjab. He received his BFA from University of Gujrat with distinction in 2015. During the time of residency, he was affected gravely by the environment/climate of the city which was scorching and stifling. This climatic change influenced him to produce work related to global warming. Travelling all around the city, from studio to his place, he observed that the climate change in the city is due to scarcity of trees. Lack of trees on the side of roads and also in public parks made him uneasy/distressed. He hoped for seeing these public parks and gardens full of lush green trees instead of covered with grass and ornamental plants. As we all know, Karachi is a metropolitan city where a large number of industries are working and constantly producing contamination. In this situation, trees should be our first necessity. Public parks should be full of greenery and rest of the city too, to avoid air pollution. As per Sulaman, we are facing this problem globally, only we can stop this. Sadly, we have converted a big part of this earth into desert by cutting large amount of trees and laying concrete everywhere. To resolve this issue, we should take part in this cause individually as there are plenty of solutions to reduce all these problems of environment and climate change. There is no better time to take part in this cause than right now!