Expression of thought
Recently, Warehouse Gallery in Karachi displayed work by talented graphic designers...
By Fatima Niazi

Graphic designing is a creative process that refers to a number of artistic and professional disciplines focusing on visual communication and presentation. Various methods are used to create and combine words, symbols, and images to create a visual representation of ideas and messages. Even though graphic designing is commonly used for logos, branding etc, talented individuals world wide have taken it to a new level by using it as a medium of art. This includes using shapes, colours and various compositions to create pieces that embark creativity and expression of thought.

Recently, such collection of creative work was presented in the Warehouse Gallery, Karachi and it introduced the world of art to some fresh talent with individualistic ideas. The exhibition titled 'Revolutionary tea' displayed revolutionary ideas by upcoming graphic designers who used a combination of typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to produce the final product.

The artists who were a part of this exhibition included Bilawal Khoso, Anum Qadri, Anoushay Furqan, Madiha Moin, Masooma Raza, Wajeeha Abbasi, Munira Abbas and Maheen S Bundeali.  The most astounding and thought provoking work was a series of seven digital prints titled, 'How the nation died', by Maheen S Bundeali. One of the graphic works included a message that stated, 'When dignity got on sale', accompanied by a visual of a dollar sign with numerous hands around it. The colour of the print was green while the other visuals were made in white. The colours symbolically meant to reflect the corruption that exists in our system. Another piece by her contained the message 'When childhood got exploited' with the image of a play station remote surrounded with pistols and religious symbols. The artist utilised typography, imagery and colours to successfully portray her idea.

Bilawal Khoso on the other hand, used pictures of historical influential figures to express his views. He presented his work in the art style known as Propaganda Art. This included Bhagat Singh, Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin, all shown without eyes. "My interest in this art developed when I started following the World War I and II propaganda posters," said Bilawal. "I wanted to make something that should be strong both visually and conceptually, but then I had to choose between the traditional ways of making a portrait or keeping it minimalist. I decided to try something new and removed all the facial features and placed the turban and moustaches only, because in our part of the world, both the turban and moustache are considered to be a symbol of respect and honour.

According to Bilawal,"The whole concept behind my creation is that even though Bhagat Singh Shaheed is not with us any more, he is still respected and people look up to him as example of someone who rebelled for a cause. He was 23 when he was hanged; in contrast the youth nowadays are too obsessed with Facebook, partying and sheesha to bother thinking about anything else.

Anum Qadri on the other hand, used humour to deliver her thoughts as one of her works contained the message 'Dil churao, Bijli nahin'. She used a creative blend of colours such as green, black and white with various shapes and one electricity pole surrounded by wires to represent 'bijli'.

Whereas, Wajeeha Abbasi just used typography with heart rendering messages to put her point across to the audience. Anoushay Furqan also used the same technique but her typography consisted of messages in Urdu and she took the help of bright colours to make her work eye catching and appealing to the viewers.

To check out the brilliant work by these artists up close, visit Warehouse gallery. The gallery also has for sale creative and beautiful mugs, key chains, brightly coloured ashtrays, candle stands and coasters crafted by home-based workers.

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