Artists discuss concept of new geometry in art

Published: November 10, 2016
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KARACHI: Concrete art is a part of our worldly life and when art gets into our daily lives, we see our everyday lives in a new way, said artist Theres Rohdes from Germany at VM Art Gallery on Tuesday evening.

The gallery opened its doors to art lovers, where Rohdes shared her thoughts about the ideals behind new geometry. Rohdes is working as the curator of Museum of Concrete Art in Germany. Concrete art is an art movement that has been here since the 19th century, she said. Rohdes believes that concrete art has much to do with mathematics. “Concrete art is identified by the knowledge of mathematical output and it doesn’t need to follow a standard style,” she said. While mentioning some classical artists such as Geiger and Hangen, Rohdes said she believes that we need to get acquainted with it.

“Organic colours and palettes were brought to the floor of the art world in Pakistan for the first time ever by none other than Bashir Mirza,” said art critic Nilofer Farrukh, while referring to his art work series ‘Lonely Girl.’

Farrukh added that pure geometrics were also a part of the work of Imran Meer, as he used metals, material, concrete and wood in his work. Farrukh also mentioned the work of designer Nasir Shamsi, who has used flat colours in works. “Such a talk touches the very artistic being within me,” said the consul-general of Germany, Rainer Schmiedchen, in his closing remarks while addressing the audience.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 10th, 2016.

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