VIENNA. Galerie Krinzinger is delighted to announce the first one-man show of Pakistani artist Waqas Khan who already in 2012-2013 was Artist in Residence at Krinzinger Projekte. His medium is drawing on Wasli Paper, a hand-made paper, which has been used since the 10th century in India for painting miniatures in particular. From 30 January to 28 February 2015, the Viennese gallery (Seilerstätte 16, 1010 Wien) will present Waqas Khan’s exhibition Acoustics Of Life, supplement kunstnet.at.
Waqas Khan, who studied print at the National College of Arts in Lahore/Pakistan, models his filigree works after the Bardhakhat technique, a basic technique of Persian Mughal miniature painting. This involves the artist applying thousands of small dots, lines and dashes to the paper with the greatest of precision. In his works, Khan translates the practice of this traditional miniature painting to a contemporary context by using a precision pen that architects normally use for technical drawing.
The points of departure for his drawings are the artist’s early experiences of his childhood and various personal stories taken from various contexts. It is the time that is inherent in these stories that interests him first and foremost – time also as the universal, transforming entity accompanied by energy as for instance the perennial rise and setting of the sun. The all-encompassing air links all beings for which he has selected the dot as a metaphor. His artistic understanding could be described as follows: „Being a visual practitioner I cannot disassociate from the emotive energies of the cosmos, as their transformative phases are synced with me in person and my practice becomes its reflection.”
The understanding of these stories was and is the greatest challenge. The dot as the central element of his drawings evolved slowly, just as the intensive approach with special breathing techniques, a constant inhaling and exhaling, which reflects the ephemerality of forms in space, regardless of whether they are large or small. The singular point among many thousand points in a picture is the reflection of emotional experience in which space and time merge, sometimes in a subconscious and oneiric way. The curiosity about what lies behind it, what is inaccessible, always led Waqas Khan to this point and its role in Sufism, which he cites as the significant influence of his work. The non-valuative practice that he likens to the observation of a tree or the ocean of life is a matter of concern to him and it is something that should not limit the viewer in interpreting a piece but rather generate intuitive moments. Waqas Khan remarks: „In summation the relative interplay of space and time of individuals is a continuous cycle of causes and effects and vice versa, a process, which becomes a palette for me, essential to my explorations, inquiring the visual language of the immediate environments as a medium, informing the temporal content of my visual practice.”
Opening: 29 January 2015, 7 p.m.
Alistair Hicks, Senior Curator Deutsche Bank will speak about the exhibition.
Waqas Khan will be present at the opening.
Interview requests: Christina Werner.
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Waqas Kahn, born 1982 in Akhtarabad, Pakistan, lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. He studied at the National College of Arts in Pakistan.
In 2013 he was nominated for the Jameel Prize. Most recently his works were shown at the Galerie Krinzinger Wien (2015), Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation, Sharjah (2015), Menege Museum Moscow, Moskau (2014), Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2014), Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2013) and Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Vienna (2013).