Issue | 46
Text | Aasim Akhtar
Visuals | Courtesy Artist & Writer
Babar Gull’s linear paintings pose formal dilemmas, linguistic slippages, and categorical paradoxes that turn formal analysis into a game – and perhaps that’s the point. To attempt to describe these pieces is to willingly abandon the possibility of fixity, as his work has an uncanny way of being perpetually in advance of its pursuer. Stated another way, Gull’s work performs a set of operations that unmoor the term ‘geometric abstraction’ leading viewers in unexpected directions – obliging us to begin the game again.
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About the Author:
Aasim Akhtar is an independent artist, art critic and curator. He teaches Art Appreciation and Studio Practice at The National College of Arts, Rawalpindi. His has been published in magazines, catalogues, and books both nationally and internationally, and his art work has been widely exhibited.He is the author of two published books, Regards Croises (1996) and The Distant Steppe (1997), and has just finished writing his third, Dialogues with Threads: Traditions of Embroidery in Hazara.