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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Takashi Murakami and Tobias Berger Talk Murakami Ocula Conversation
In Collaboration with Tai Kwun Contemporary
Takashi Murakami and Tobias Berger Talk Murakami

For three months from 1 June to 1 September 2019, Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong showcases MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI, a major survey exhibition of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Curated by Tobias Berger, head of art at Tai Kwun, and Gunnar B Kvaran, director of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, the exhibition spans the three floors of Tai Kwun's...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Tanya Goel

b. 1985, India

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.

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
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Featured Artworks

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Field Notes (durations 6am - noon) by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya GoelField Notes (durations 6am - noon), 2015 Oil, crushed concrete blocks, sand and glass on canvas
90 x 108 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
field data in dots per inch by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya Goelfield data in dots per inch, 2016 Ground glass and ceramic tiles, cement and oil on canvas
84 x 108 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
rain, 1 mm V  VI by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya Goelrain, 1 mm V VI, 2015 Carbon pigment on paper
6.4 x 4.4 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
rain, 1 mm  III  IV by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya Goelrain, 1 mm III IV, 2015 Carbon pigment on paper
6.4 x 4.4 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Cathode Ray by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya GoelCathode Ray, 2017 Oil on Canvas
22 x 18 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Intersection (red, blue, orange) I by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya GoelIntersection (red, blue, orange) I, 2017 Oil on canvas
22 x 18 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Intersection (red, blue, orange) II by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya GoelIntersection (red, blue, orange) II, 2017 oil on canvas
22 x 18 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Index II by Tanya Goel contemporary artwork
Tanya GoelIndex II, 2018 Neel pigment on wall
96 x 48 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

Recent Exhibitions

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 + Steinruecke, Mumbai

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