A solo show by Muneeb Ali was recently unveiled at Mainframe Gallery in Karachi.
To illustrate the myriad ways in which the formal, gestural and even spiritual qualities of calligraphy can fuel conceptions of abstract art, Ali presents his artistic narrative. He has used different compositions of letters to link it with the routine dialogues that are sometimes misinterpreted and given a different direction altogether.
His work is also representative of a human psychology of communicating with others. Just as people form opinions and utter them without thinking, similarly the letters in his formation find their own spaces and roam around unguided. The different forms of letters are also suggestive of how a certain thought or opinion can be narrated in a different manner, how harsh words can be toned down to present a pleasant outcome. Using gold and silver form predominantly, the intermingling of characters and alphabets in his work suggests overlapping of events in our life that are largely linked to what we say and how we say it. The outcome of words and their affect is shown in a metaphorical manner.
Some of the half formed words are indicative of feelings and thoughts that remain unsaid and bear the consequence of loss and pain. Some of Ali’s work shows twisted and contorted versions of characters that form the shapes of alphabets in varying colours that presents a wonderful disarray of curves and loops that casts a mesmerizing shadow. His diverse assemblage of works reveals the versatility of calligraphic elements in a contemporary way.