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b. 1985, India

Tanya Goel Biography

Tanya Goel is best known for her grid paintings that distil the mayhem of city life into orderly arrangements in colour. Informed by her interests in pigmentation, material and light, the artist reflects upon both changing landscapes and ruptures in spaces. Goel's process also calls alchemy to mind; the materials that comprise her paints are collected by the artist from buildings and demolition sites. Back in her studio, Goel pulverises and chemically analyses her found materials—including limestone, brick, mica, concrete, cement, glass, aluminium, soil, graphite and foils—before extracting pigments. Her paintings, then, not only document the city's architecture but also the artist's movements throughout the debris of the metropolis.

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After completing an MFA at Yale University in 2010, Goel moved to Brooklyn where she made a series of large-scale works based on opaque screens such as the blue tarpaulin that conceals construction sites. As an artist who has lived in various cities, perhaps it is no surprise that Goel is concerned with changing landscapes, and that the grid, reminiscent of architectural plans, is the foundation of her oeuvre. Indeed, her large-scale paintings such as Field, notation (2/1) or Field, notation (3/1), both completed in 2015, simplify the spectacle-oriented chaos of urbanity into orderly, patterned grids. Goel's renditions of the lack of familiarity in rapidly changing cities echo the abstraction of Russian constructivists, while her systematic use of line evokes Nasreen Mohamedi's drawings.

Equally significant as the grid in Goel's paintings is light. Whether natural or artificial, the artist considers light the essence that animates everyday existence. As the artist relayed in 2017, her paintings are surfaces on which light 'plays out as fiction'. For example, the rectangles of colour in Carbon (x, y) and Semitone—both presented in the 2017–18 exhibition This, the Sublime and its Double at Nature Morte, New Delhi—seem to ripple lyrically under light. Upon closer inspection, however, the illusion of movement is broken and instead individual textures and shapes begin to emerge. Exploring the reciprocal relationship of light to colour, Goel creates optical illusions to invite the viewer closer and to have them ponder where one ends and the other begins.

Goel studied painting and drawing at the M S University of Baroda (2007) and at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2008), after which she received an MFA in painting and printmaking from the Yale University School of Art (2010). In 2012 she was the recipient of a City as Studio fellowship from Sarai, New Delhi. Selected group exhibitions include the Biennale of Sydney (2018); India Art Fair, New Delhi (2018, 2013); and Salaam Bombay: Beauty & Chaos In The Urban Environment, ART ASIA in Miami and Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia (2012).

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2018

Tanya Goel Featured Artworks

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Mechanisms 7 by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya GoelMechanisms 7, 2019Mica, crushed glass, paper silk and acrylic pigment on canvas
183 x 229 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Mechanisms 6 by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya GoelMechanisms 6, 2019Mica, crushed glass, paper silk and acrylic pigment on canvas
213 x 274 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Mechanisms 5 by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya GoelMechanisms 5, 2019Mica, crushed glass, paper silk and acrylic pigment on canvas
183 x 244 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Field Notes (durations 6am - noon) by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya GoelField Notes (durations 6am - noon), 2015Oil, crushed concrete blocks, sand and glass on canvas
90 x 108 inches
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Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
field data in dots per inch by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya Goelfield data in dots per inch, 2016Ground glass and ceramic tiles, cement and oil on canvas
84 x 108 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
rain, 1 mm - III, IV by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya Goelrain, 1 mm - III, IV, 2015Carbon pigment on paper
6.4 x 4.4 inches
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Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
rain, 1 mm V, VI by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya Goelrain, 1 mm V, VI, 2015Carbon pigment on paper
6.4 x 4.4 inches
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Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Cathode Ray by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya GoelCathode Ray, 2017Oil on Canvas
22 x 18 inches
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Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

Tanya Goel Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Tanya Goel, Equations in a Variable at Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne
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14 November 2019–1 February 2020 Tanya Goel Equations in a Variable Galerie Urs MeileLucerne
Contemporary art exhibition, Tanya Goel, LEVEL at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
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17 December 2015–18 February 2016 Tanya Goel LEVEL Galerie Mirchandani + SteinrueckeMumbai

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Ausstellung in der Galerie Urs Meile:  Ein Vorstoss zur Utopie der Stadt Related Press Ausstellung in der Galerie Urs Meile: Ein Vorstoss zur Utopie der Stadt

Strenge und Freiheit. Kontrolle und Intuition. Struktur und Chaos. Die indische Künstlerin Tanya Goel vereint in ihren Steinskulpturen und ihren grossformatigen Malereien Gegensätze

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See the Majestic Displays at India’s First Contemporary Sculpture Park Related Press See the Majestic Displays at India’s First Contemporary Sculpture Park 5 September 2019, Hyperallergic

India's first-ever contemporary sculpture park has launched its second edition. The not-for-profit project, inaugurated in December 2017, transformed the Madhavendra Palace in Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, into an expansive sculpture gallery. The sculptures are displayed throughout the majestic rooms and grand courtyards of the 18th-century fortress...

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