submitted by albert
May 23 - June 24, 2012
This Exhibition pertains to Emptiness/Dislocation/prescription/proscription. It stamps (chapps) our time as the brave and bold odyssey of an artist’s life as art, not as amenity or exercising public relations. Sir Norbert Lynton rhetorically asked in 1962: Is there anyone in modern art to match Iqbal Geoffrey??? The artist declares unequivocally: "An artist accomplishes what you did not expect from art!".He asserts that all art is collage/fusion/assemblage/derivatives. We only make a difference by taking the given bravely further. As Bulley Shah points out: Gull Ek Nuktay which muckdee Aye! It all culminates in dot com. And almighty God commands in the Holy Quran, Surah Shaitan, Verse 28: We have digitally devised all Creation. In easy Urdu it translates from Arabic:
"Hum nay sub takhlique koe awdidd mein shumar karr diyya!".
Humble translations are by Iqbal Geoffrey.
It was in the mid eighties, more precisely in the 1984, that I, with my fellow students from NCA, visited Iqbal Geoffrey’s exhibition at Alhamra. What unfolded before all of us was art, but not the kind we were familiar with or associated to the idea of art. To me these works were incredibly astonishing, because these were more about ideas, then merely pictorial exercises. Something that was not much visible, explored or experienced at that time.
In that sense Geoffrey is the early explorer and exponent of Conceptual Art in our surroundings. As Geoffrey with his ideas and art works commented not only on the situation and society, but also on the system and structure of art making. Hence the work was ahead of its age (as with his art pieces/practices forming the present exhibition). It suggested that creativity is not conditioned or contained in one direction, course, culture, race or society.
Quddus Mirza 2012
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