“Yield” - Fahd Burki at Grey Noise
17 March 2014
The John Jones Art on Paper Award was presented to Fahd Burki in 2013. As part of the Award, we are delighted to have collaborated with the artist and GREY NOISE to support a new body of work for the artist’s third solo show, Yield. The exhibition is part of Art Dubai and takes place at GREY NOISE, Unit 24, Alserkal Avenue Street 8, Exit 43, SZR Al Quoz 1, Dubai, UAE. A monograph titled ‘Fahd Burki Works 2003 – 2013’ published in association with SKIRA editore Milan has been launched alongside his exhibition.
Burki’s on-going practice explores the possibilities of presenting ontologies through a lexicon of icons and symbols harvested from a personal mythology of the present. Yield includes a set of new paintings and sculptures that reflect on the notion of utopia. Synthesizing the comical and the archetypal, the works can be viewed as contemplations on the desire for an ideal state. The title functions as a lynchpin for disparate ideas, indicating submission to the transient nature of existence, an acceptance of the inevitability of transformation, as well as predictions of what may lie beyond. The work seeks to evoke a sense of temporality, engaging ideas of transience and permeability, both philosophical and formal, by dissolving various foundational dichotomies — man/environment, culture/nature, and figure/ground.
Fahd Burki graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan in 2003 and pursued a Postgraduate Diploma from Royal Academy Schools, London, UK between 2008 – 10. He was one of the selected artists from the Commonwealth countries to undertake a residency at Edinburgh Printmakers in 2013. Burki will be exhibiting his new works at Carré d’Art, Nîmes, France in May 2014 (the museum’s director Jean Marc Prevost was on the John Jones Art on Paper 2013 selection panel) and at the John Jones Project Space in London later in the year.