Man always seeks beyond what he sees. He instinctively desires ahead of what delights him. This is the part mostly played by our imagination; we are ahead of our own reality because something resides in the realms of our mind, evoking us emotionally beyond the distraction of the obvious. Akram Dost’s imagery serves an impetus of such visual delights involving metaphors, dreams, delusions, emotions, ideas and personal sensibilities in a new way. The water-based paints, granulated and treated with ink on paper display transcendence of intangible force, with delicately fine textures and creative outpourings.
Dost’s previous work was thematic – identifying the unidentifiable but he still could not find himself. However, this time he wanted out of it. He is deliberately in search of something innate that we all behold within our nature, how we grow from struggling to searching. The style evolved is new and entirely different from his previous work. It is this search which helps Baloch elicit his transformative process- educing his wistfulness to return in thought, to a former time. It is of immense remarkability, how each artwork communicates to you, so deeply than before that it reinforces the collective impulses from one’s primordial forms of life; his growth, struggles, joys, fears, illusions, questions, beliefs and acquisitions, to his experiences.
When you look at his work, you will see depth, character and wisdom. These along with personal sensibilities and natural phenomena serve a conundrum of drawing out three-dimensional entities or landscapes, reminding one of the beginning of time, birth of the universe, assimilation of nature’s elements with life, biotic and abiotic subsistences, fossils or rocks, submarine life or forests, storms, waves or scattered raindrops. All these constituents fuse into tonal layers and varying textures keeping its sensational relevance intact. Call it a retrospective or prospective, Baloch leaves it to the viewers to think.
These new insights also set out the landscape of the ‘self’ with many valleys and peaks. How deeply the caverns and caves of the self extend into the moment of impact, where you crave more and keep searching. Most phenomena are unsayable yet it is awe-inspiring how Akram has provided an arena to think of the unseen, and see it subsequently as if time slows down and beauty emerges with stillness. He says he was conquered by the way he would render surreal, nonlinear yet linear imagery that one can think of but not explain or the mind cannot capture yet see.
Things are explicitly eloquent, even when they are not. However one’s journey is summed up, conforming the idea of existence and what makes the whole thing going is the will of thoughts and imagination, withstanding the weariness of the living ones, resiliently. -Durrie Baloch