About The Work
Fahd Burki’s practise relies on a reductive process where images are pared down to their most essential elements, retaining only that, which is fundamental to the expression of the idea. A unique tension in the work lies in the relationship between his static, totemic compositions and the dynamic, unfixed meanings that they generate. Their ambiguity propels the viewer along multiple paths of interpretation, sometimes simultaneously, thereby subverting the conventional tropes of narrativity and signification. The somber palette and stark, graphic sensibility of work suggests an ambiguous engagement with objects that is cool and analytical on the one hand, and subtly uncanny on the other. Burki borrows from diverse contemporary and traditional sources ranging from Eastern European and Japanese animation, science fiction and existentialism to Native American iconography. Through a fascinating process of analysis and synthesis he translates these influences into a personal symbology; one that acts as a subjective totem.
b. 1981, Lahore, Pakistan / Lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.
Fahd Burki’s work focuses on conveying perceptual and phenomenological experiences through reductive and often diagrammatic compositions; his abstractions are characterized by exercises in repetition, symmetry and alignment. Much of his recent work employs simple geometry and a muted palette with the intention of opening a quiet, contemplative space for the viewer. With an affinity for Hard-edge painting and a paired down sensibility his work points to minimalist practices quite foreign to his place of origin. For Burki, his is not a borrowed aesthetic; it is a gradual process emerging from the need to find some degree of clarity and quietude in a world strained with information. For him each work is a sum of all previous experiences distilled through a particular moment in time. Aware of his positioning as an artist he sees his practise as part of a larger tradition of abstraction that includes aboriginal and indigenous iconography, folk and tribal art as well as science fiction. Butthese influences are never the subject of the work; they simply provide the impulse to start the process while the work largely relies on the moment and material of its making.
Grey Noise represents art practices with a focus towards contemporaneity, and an emphasis on distinct, often experimental content. Not limiting itself to geographical representation, the gallery exhibits both emerging and established artists who demonstrate a defined conceptual premise in their oeuvre.