An exhibition of artworks made via Shaukat Ali titled Labyrinth is currently beneath manner on the Koel art Gallery. Before one makes an effort to examine the artist’s go with the flow inside the 19 paintings that he has positioned up, it'd be apt to relate a story from a Hollywood film.

The reference is to the 1986 Jim Henson-directed movie having the same title, Labyrinth, starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie.

. Its tale pivots across the person of the 15-12 months-antique Sarah’s (Connelly) try to get to the middle of a maze if you want to save her more youthful brother from the Goblin King (Bowie). Some other thrilling factor of this little nugget of records is that Henson changed into a well-known puppeteer.

Shaukat Ali’s artworks have at least one component in common with that film: adventure to transport out from a complicated bodily area to a nation of (relative) uncomplicatedness. This sounds complicated in itself. It’s no longer. One best has to look at the larger elements in his famous. Initially, there’s the dominating shade black which, with lighter or darker sunglasses, paperwork the bottom of every piece. This denotes the search for mild, nearly an act of in search of enlightenment.

but then there are the diverse formations of lines, ranging from zigzag to circuitous and from knotty to indiscriminate. The styles can grow to be lots more comprehensible when the viewer reads the artist’s declaration wherein he refers to the pix that he creates as monologues woven via his feelings and emotions, shaped with a number of dots that invite the visitors to “lose themselves within the visuals, journey their personal way”.

Now the hyperlink, once more, here is that of the adventure that Ali has embarked upon, seeking to decipher sure aspects of lifestyles. What occurs throughout this quest is that the viewers get to look a few hanging untitled acrylic-on-canvas works, which make the complete state of affairs brim with aesthetic grace and inventive finesse.

The exhibition concludes on July 5.

originally published in , July 2d, 2019