Published On: Thu, Oct 22nd, 2015

Hope in Idea of Landscape



5625e6fe447d9Art presents life by its colors. It seems that colors do possess a magnetic feeling which pulls us towards them. Same happens when we pace into Imran Qureshi’s ‘Idea of Landscape’ at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac which is equivalent to stride into a shimmering hallucination of color. When we see large canvass from aloofness, the red speck bear a resemblance to blood, brutally pitched athwart the surface of the work. Emanate a force that encircled the spectator, these mechanism bids one to pace nearer until adroitly painted plans of leaves and flowers, in a deep red, divulge themselves amid the flecks and blemish on the canvas. Magnificence amid the blood.

Comprising completely of new works from 2015, this impressive display is extended over four floors of Ropac’s airy colonnade in the Marais, one of Paris’s trendiest locales. This display is chiefly related with illustrating life and death, and the insecure equilibrium and interaction between the two. Some of the installations in the exhibition, including Side Effects and Opening Word of This New Scripture, allude to this symmetry in their edifice, with vines and model stretch over separate but associated bisect.


The artist Qureshi has been globally acclaimed and well-liked. In the year of 2013, he was provoked to form a work for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exalted summer Rooftop Commission and was honored the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year award, amid various other tributes. He is stirred by customary Mughal and Persian miniature art; Qureshi is one of the most dominant advocate and practitioner of Pakistan’s modern miniature art faction. This cluster of artists has rationalized and invigorated this ancient art form by adjusting its convention to a contemporary situation. Various artists do this by amending the level of their works while others include modern prospects into customary miniature painting scaffolds.

In his significant installations in this existing show, Qureshi prefers to imitate the ornamental flower decoration of miniature art, which are chiefly originated in the margins adjacent the fragile paintings. In addition, the artist has prolonged the utilization of gold folio accents within his work. In some cases, he has worn colors to act as attracting to the gleaming gold. The exposition comprises a video of a portion of a gold leaf as it glides through the air; whereas the artist’s slighter installation in the display look likes complicated paintings of entity plant forms.


While existing and running through in Lahore, Qureshi has spectator of awful aggression and disaster throughout some of Pakistan’s most latest thorny years. The consequences of that belligerence have percolated through sections of society and are patented in Qureshi’s work. The consequences of a vigorous bomb attack stimulated the artist’s eminent site-specific work, Blessings Upon the Land of My Love, at the Sharjah Biennale 2011.

In ‘Idea of Landscape’, the unanticipated attractiveness of the graceful flower patterns and the pliability of the vines, which extend athwart his mechanism, symbolize hope to the artist. Hope regardless of death and hope in spite of suffering, a hope that vibrates during the structure of his works. A hope that persist to reverberate within his fellow countrymen – taking the form of hopefulness for the future and a confidence in their nation.

Current miniature art can frequently be a homesick prompt of a lost majesty – a meticulous sort of lavishness that is currently atypical and hard to discover. Qureshi’s shimmering paintings, which at current look like conceptual sunbursts, smoke within the gap at Ropac. The every imitation shows his dreamy Sufi-mosque communication of hope and magnificence in the face of hardship.


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.