How do you render sound pictorially? It’s this question that seems to reverberate through the visually simple yet highly complex line constructions by Nadia Khawaja, opening at thejamjar this week. After studying classical music and dance for years, Khawaja now unveils a selection of sonic strokes that evoke the movement implicit in a sound wave, in the invisible passage of air and the multi-layered weaving of a piece of music. As we’ve said, they appear pretty simple, but there’s something peaceful, minimal and harmonious about these delicate pencil drawings.
Khawaja, a Pakistani artist, is involved with Grey Noise – an art collective that has an unflinching minimalist aesthetic that’s somewhat maverick in Pakistan’s art scene. We were impressed by the stark works on show at thejamjar last year, which appear quite uniquely minimal among the rest of the Subcontinent’s contemporary art output. Khawaja’s works contain that, but have a more subdued tone to them: slightly more fluid, slightly more aesthetic and hinged on a bold attempt to construct movement in the stasis of simple lines. The Jam Jar (04 341 7303) March 11-April 29