Behind the scenes Experiencing the creative process with Ali Khan

Artist experiments with both physical and nonphysical elements

Our Correspondent May 05, 2016
Interior designer Ali Khan has used a range of mediums in his work, including pigment, concrete, plaster and resin. A recurring feature of his work is the figure of a horse, which to him represents loyalty and strength. Photos: courtesy Full Circle Gallery

KARACHI: Ever wonder what goes inside the mind of an interior designer?

Full Circle Gallery's new show, titled 'Interior/Exterior', gives an insight into an artist's mind and the execution of his ideas.

Interior designer Ali Khan takes inspiration from his surroundings. Colours from nature and marine life tend to influence his works. The Toronto-based artist is showcasing his works at his first solo show in Karachi.

The exhibition, although makes it difficult for the viewer to put a finger on one concept, showcases the creative process of depicting a concept. "The creative industry requires a lot of deliberate accidents," said the designer in an explanatory note shared with The Express Tribune. "[Experiments] are not necessarily focused on the outcome but more on the process and how to deliver this concept through physical mediums."

Khan has used a range of mediums in his work, including pigment, concrete, plaster and resin. The viewers will notice that they are not simply looking at the work of an artist but someone who is more - someone who brings constructive elements into the aesthetics.

"Experiments with physical and nonphysical elements, both materials and concepts, lead to an expression of your collective consciousness. At the end, when it's done, it's an 'AHA!' moment," he said, adding that he is inspired by Rumi.

A recurrent feature in Khan's displays is the figure of horse, with its head composed of golden foil or adorned with metal. At other times, just giving an impression of its head, the figure is seemingly another source of support and strength for the designer. "The horse is also a symbol of loyalty and compassion," he added.

The exhibition is open for display till May 20.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 6th, 2016.


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