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 was the recipient of the John Jones Art on Paper Award presented at Art Dubai 2013. As part of the award, this exhibition is organized in collaboration with John Jones, London.
About the Artist
b. 1981, Lahore, Pakistan / Lives and works in Lahore
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.
A monograph titled ‘Fahd Burki Works from 2003 – 2013’ published in association with SKIRA editore Milan will be launched alongside his exhibition at Grey Noise, Dubai.
About John Jones
Since it’s opening in London in the 1960s as a traditional framer, the company’s original commitment to the care of art has extended into a broad range of services including art conservation, collection management and art installation. With an international reputation for the preservation and presentation of fine art, the company has become the trusted partner of some of the world’s most prestigious institutions and collectors. John Jones also supports artists throughout their career, many of whom go on to be world-renowned. Operating internationally out of its studios in London, John Jones remains a family-run British business, nurturing craftsmanship and excellent design. Born out of this history and expertise, John Jones has developed a vibrant arts and education programme, including exhibitions, talks, awards and residencies.
About John Jones Art on Paper Award
Conceived in 2012, the John Jones Art on Paper Award aims to recognize the potential for excellence and innovation in artwork made on paper and provides further opportunities for artists working in this medium. The prize is open annually to any artist exhibiting with a gallery at Art Dubai, regardless of age, nationality and gender. The one stipulation is that the artwork involves paper. There are three elements to the AED 120,000 prize. Firstly a financial award of AED 30,000 is made to the artist and a piece of work is acquired by the John Jones Collection in London. The artist and his gallery also receive financial sponsorship to present a solo exhibition of work during Art Dubai including framing by John Jones.