Young artists present ‘Three Vanishing Points’ at Rohtas Gallery


Defining consciousness and experiences of the human existence, the Rohtas Gallery on Thursday opened an exhibition of paintings and interactive neo-media works, titled ‘Three vanishing Points’, by three promising young artists from Lahore.
The paintings by Shiblee Munir and Ozma Bhatti and Interactive Neo-media works by Fahad Hameed defined aura as an electro-photonic vibration response of an object to some external excitation, such as an ambient light. Shiblee Munir, a graduate of Beaconhouse National University (BNU), used different lines as metaphors to showcase his thoughts in paintings. Ozma Bhatti, a graduate of National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore portrayed her subconscious vision on the canvas while Fahad Hameed, a graduate of BNU, defined life as an illusion through his interactive neo-media works.
Talking to Pakistan Today, Ozma Bhatti, whose work has been displayed in various group shows in Pakistan and abroad, said that working in the realm of the subconscious, the differences between conscious and unconscious disappear. The meaning of the conscious and the unconscious is best appreciated when experienced visually, she added. Ozma maintained, “It is with a sense of adventure that I introduce my vision, my way of seeing through the subconscious, a spiritual experience for me. It is through this outlet that I confront pain and joy, death and rebirth. But to distinguish reality from illusion I cannot.”
Shiblee Munir, who belongs to a Patiala family of miniature artists, said, “My work is about the experiences of my life where I survive amidst the set rules that make me vulnerable. To obey such obligations, tangible or intangible, where I find they are the last word and I no longer exist.”
Talking about his painting titled ‘Sea Urchin’, Shiblee said, “This is my own world where I try to depict my ideas humbly, that is why I use lines, a minimal source of visual action, as a metaphor to voice my thoughts. Yet to me each line denotes a galaxy of meanings rather than a rigid last word.”
Fahad Hameed said that life was not real or unreal, it was an illusion, adding that, “Experience is a part of human existence. As a new media artist I strive to probe the lines between humans and environmental relationships. With our society’s existing dependence on emergent technologies comes a conflicted relationship between our culture and the concern for nature. This paradoxical bond between human beings and nature poses and solicits the need for a joint co-evolution between the living and the budding technological innovations,” Fahad elaborated.
He said, “I introduce the remedies for our constant struggle with co-evolution in the form of interactive art, repetition of lines, objects and mechanical manipulations. Somehow this makes illusions. My artwork invites technology, real and imagined, to heighten our awareness of existence. Though I find the development of evolving technology to be alluring, my work invites the viewer to experience a visual.”
The exhibition would continue at Rohtas Gallery, 57-B, Street 26, F-6/2, till January 12 daily from 11am to 7 pm except Sunday.