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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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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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