A show by the name of Ethereal unveiled at ArtKaam Gallery focusing on the theme of Surreal photography. The artist Hassan Rana showcased the concept of presenting old masters paintings unfolding its inspiration combined with the artists’ skill of photography.
Featuring 21 artworks, the artist combines the work of photography and paint. Ethereal means “extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world.” Here, the artist showcased many different pictures with some made in one composition after combining them together. The artist tries to make certain elements of life depicted with extreme delicacy that highlights the alienation of the society.
Titled ‘Abandoned’, the image shows a landscape with a broken façade and abandoned vehicle in the front. The interesting element here is the light on the façade that hints at even though it exists in shambles, it is not completely ignored.
“Border” is a fascinating view of the boundary that creates restriction. The shapes of the houses and lights are symbolic to indicate hatred and war.
“Dream” is equally intriguing with a child shown to be having his dreams linked to the clouds. In a tender age, one feels like reaching the sky.
“Elegance” is all about the grace and style of serving tea which has been highlighted as a traditional routine.
“Huqqa” prompts the viewers to ponder over the negative impacts of smoking and its implications on health thereafter.
“Little World” is beautifully depicted in the form of miniature houses bringing out attention to detail with the clothesline, water well and cart shown along with a bottle that is comparatively bigger. The composition and colour scheme is extremely captivating here.
“Loner” shadows a woman walking in the middle of a night towards nothing. The barren road, solitude and the moonlight above are features that create a desolate mood.
Another interesting one is “Train” where the engine is shown detracted suggesting derailment in life and moving away from the norms. The abandoned station is another aspect that insinuates life’s path leading nowhere.
“Uprooted” is an amazing feel of a house deracinated in the literal sense. It features a house in shambles with a feeling of despair and anguish apparent in its façade. Perhaps being removed from its roots, its origin and its identity only brings solitude and destruction.
The artist has shown tulips in three of his works including “Yearn”, “Contrast” and “Tulips”. All three hints at a presence of a woman nearby linked with the beauty around. “Yearn” is suggestive of a longing and craving and the anguish of the wait. Likewise, contrast is indicative of these flowers being cherished deeply that are perhaps a testimony of someone’s love.