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Shahkaar - In Conversation with Sumaya Durrani  
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12/1/16 Posted 2/11/16

As we flock around her right after our final MA Visual Arts First Year Juries and I request some time for an interview as directed by my professor Sir Quddus Mirza (Editor of ArtNow), there is a yes and a no in the answer that I get. The word enigmatic is a constant in all the published material that I’ve read about Sumaya Durrani in my humble quest to know a bit about her and we, the visual arts Master's students frozen in the space of her eloquence, are proof that it’s true. Dur... [more]

Studio Visit: Laila Rahman - Art Now Pakistan  
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2/12/16 Posted 2/12/16

by Sehr Jalil Raja Laila Rahman’s abode in DHA, Lahore is distinct and otherworldly – an oasis – a home – a dream – all in one. I went there some time back in the summer of 2014 and the artist and her home were both exemplars of wisdom and the ‘taste for life’...My mother always quotes these words, which she read somewhere: “If you want to know more about a person, look for the library, crockery and the garden in their home." This home was al... [more]

Nadia Khwaja - Art Now Pakistan  
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2/12/16 Posted 2/12/16

STUDIO VISIT ; NADIA KHAWAJA In 1932 sculptor Janet De Coux apprenticed with James Earle Fraser. In a letter from Fraser to his former assistant, he comments on her studio “Seeing your studio and its grand light and very good proportions makes me feel like building one like it here. I particularly like the fact that you had only a few things in it. You really can see and walk around each piece. Your light seems to me perfect…” Coming back from Nadia Kh... [more]

The ‘Pix’torial Survey of Pakistan - magazine review  
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2/12/16 Posted 2/12/16

by Sehr Jalil Raja “Consequently while making the preliminary foray in to the issue some of the broader predicaments that came to mind were: what constitutes the physical geography of photography today? How are the images from Pakistan embedded in different social, cultural and historical conditions? And what does the experience reveal about the global condition of photography, and how does that (if at all) change our experience of ‘place’?” Rahaab Alla... [more]

Studio Visit: Imran Channa  
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2/12/16 Posted 2/12/16

by Sehr Jalil Raja “I stretch an idea as much as I can, explore all corners of possibilities until the point that there is nothing new left in it for me to experience, it is only then that I move on,” the artist replies to my query on the limits of an idea. I’m at Imran Channa’s studio and absorbed in an exchange of tales. It is an amiable bachelor pad in Model Town with a comfortable sitting area in the center and a studio/workspace, kitchen and bedroom surrounding... [more]

Studio Visit: Irfan Hasan  
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2/12/16 Posted 2/12/16

Irfan and I were batch fellows at the National College of Arts, Lahore. He chose the miniature department and I chose painting as my major. Paths took different turns after graduation and I kept on hearing about Irfan Hasan’s success and his technique. Some artists mentioned to me here and there how they were taking classes from him to learn the scheme of his art. After a long day’s work in our own respective departments at NCA, Irfan and I head out to his studio a... [more]

Lala Rukh: A Visual Synopsis  
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2/12/16 Posted 2/12/16

River in an ocean (4), Mixed media on photographicpaper, 1992 River in an ocean (6), Mixed media on photographicpaper,1993 Sensations: 1, Acrylic paint on acrylic, 1993 Sigiriya II (dusk), Serigraph + pastels, 1993 by Sehr Jalil Raja This is Lahore, 1982, and a group of fifteen jovial women pose for the camera – 1982: General Zia ul-Haq’s regime, i.e., the time when the anti-women laws were established. There’s laughter, there are smiles, there’s liberation; of like-mindedness but the salient f... [more]

TODD WILLIAMSON and GREG WALTER: ARTE DE CAMERA  
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2/11/16 Posted 2/11/16

TODD WILLIAMSON and GREG WALTER: ARTE DE CAMERA By Peter FrankThe courtship dance between visual art and music has gone on almost as long as has human creativity. Unlike the other art forms, which engage multiple senses and complex cognitive and social conditions, music and visual art stimulate singular responses in humans – visual art acting upon the eyes, music upon the ears. They therefore present themselves as entirely d... [more]

Studio visit ; ANWAR SAEED - Art Now Pakistan  
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2/11/16 Posted 2/11/16

The large, wall high, wooden stacked bookshelves with glass doors and the high-rise windows of this two storied studio in a close knit residential setting at Waris road enjoys an airy mood. One can’t afford to miss observing a lifetime of collected books; fiction predominantly, immediately upon entering the sitting area on the first floor. I’ve been honored to visit Anwar Saeed’s studio. And I can’t seem to get my eyes of the assortment of books. I inquire about them wit... [more]

SABA KHAN’S STUDIO - Art Now Pakistan  
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2/11/16 Posted 2/11/16

A girl standing behind her easel and curling her hair with the tip of her paintbrush amidst a lush green spring scene, birds chirping and all that is the generic romanticized image of a female artist. A visit to Saba khan’s studio defied the lies and made me recall a lecture I’d attended in the past MA Visual Arts term. The professor kept on reinforcing that artists are nothing more than ordinary human beings … Saba khan’s work space is located between her bedroom a... [more]

RISHAM SYED ; STUDIO VISIT. Art Now Pakistan  
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2/11/16 Posted 2/11/16

I’m led through the maze-like route to the annex-studio (at the back of the house) where on the way back I was always taking the wrong turns and had to be guided by my host (the artist). Risham Syed’s corner residence in Model Town is surrounded with dense greenery. The height of the trees gives away the age of the residence. Syed has just returned from a parent-teacher meeting of her son Abdullah, fourteen and daughter Mohrele, nine. Upon entering there is a scent of hist... [more]

Language and Image – A Love Affair  
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2/11/16 Posted 2/11/16

by Sehr Jalil Raja Conversation is a two way road – an exchange, privilege and necessity which we the human beings deeply rely on. This dependency or gift led to different tools for its manifestation – from a sound, scream, screech, shout, whisper or hum to dictionaries formed for thousands of languages across cultures, one is awe-struck with mystery, where did it all begin – what is the origin of the ‘word’. One can indulge completely... [more]

My Featured Pastel Painting: Typhoon  
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2/10/16 Posted 2/10/16

My first successful pastel painting, Typhoon, is an abstract piece inspired by devastating typhoons unfortunately have been creating ever-heavier havoc recently, due to the undeniable climate change. Exploring spatial relationships, subtle variations of tones and shifting of patterns, I tried to capture the something unpredictable and the menacing. Typhoon / 颱風 / Taifun Pastel on Paper 8.5” x 11” Completed in 2015 This painting is currently being exhibited at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, in a show aptly titled "Into the Future". Originally posted on matthewfelixsun.com Other Related posts on Art · 文化 &midd... [more]

New Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive Opened  
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2/4/16 Posted 2/4/16

Last week, UC Berkeley's Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive opened its new building to guest. Thursday was the gala opening day for donors; Friday, opening day for students; Saturday for members of the Museum/Archive; and Sunday, a community open house. I visited the Museum on 30 January, Saturday and it was nice to see so many members and their families and friends exploring the space and artworks on display. The place was full of excitement and high energy but the visitors d... [more]

FINAL INSTALLMENT OF DC HAMPTON JACOBS' OEDIPUS RAM  
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1/29/16 Posted 1/29/16

Can a graphic novel inspired by Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" successfully combine issues of race, sex and religion with pop culture imagery such as Archie Comics characters? You be the judge: DC Hampton Jacobs' "Oedipus Ram" concludes today @ The Pop Culture Cantina. [more]

ACT NINE OF OEDIPUS RAM SALUTES THE SHIRELLES  
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1/28/16 Posted 1/28/16

Will actor and singer Ramsay Khalid Sharma find redemption or destruction? The answer is found in Act Nine of DC Hampton Jacobs' "Oedipus Ram", now online @ The Pop Culture Cantina. This penultimate installment pays tribute to early 1960s Girl Group The Shirelles. [more]


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