Umer Butt

October 27th, 2014 New York City

Founder and director of Dubai-based gallery, GREY NOISE, Umer Butt’s lecture focused on a recent exhibition he had organized in Hong Kong: The Importance of Staying Quiet, which was an attempt to look at a section of visual vocabulary being produced through a period of shifting ideologies in Pakistani art, generally not represented in exhibitions. Umer elaborated that, although formal aspects of minimalism never took root in Pakistani art discourses, minimalist sensibilities in the works of artists past and present reveal a potent, locally-specific genre in the context of contemporary Pakistan.

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Bio – Umer Butt (Dubai)
Umer Butt received his undergraduate degree in Fine Art with honors from National College
of Arts, Lahore in 2001 before pursuing his post graduate degree in Fine Art at Chelsea
College of Art and Design, London from 2003 – 04. Upon his return to Lahore in 2005, he
became adjunct faculty in the M.A Visual Art department at National College of Arts, Lahore,
where he taught until December 2007. In 2008 he founded Grey Noise in Lahore, which has
been nurturing conceptual artists from South Asia and beyond. The gallery relocated in 2012 to Dubai, where he now lives and works.

Umer Butt’s participation in FIELD MEETING was supported by Alserkal Avenue

Progress Perspex and lacquered stainless steel 39 x 40 x 32 cm (assembled sculpture), 31 x 32 cm (cone), 8 x 32 cm each (5 cylinders) Unique 2014