Artists > Tanya Goel

TANYA GOEL, Field, notation (x,y) graph, 2016, cement, graphite and oil on canvas, 213.3 x 274.3 cm / 84 x 108 in

Introduction

Surfaces that we constantly encounter - of architecture, of electronic signboards, of shadows and reflections and of moving images - and the density of experiences that such encounters unleash, inform the painterly practice of New Delhi-based artist Tanya Goel. After completing her MFA at Yale University, Goel relocated to a Brooklyn studio and in 2010 completed a series of large works where she looked at opaque screens, such as the material blue tarpaulin with its transnational function of covering up construction sites and obscuring urban grids. She looked at the rifts in its weave as a metaphor for ruptures in the concealed grid of production that binds urban life. Extending these concerns, Goel's subsequent bodies of work have focused on virtual grids/monitors and screens - as being surfaces that overlap excessive imagery; that emit light/colour but can also absorb attention; that distract as much as they fascinate; that flicker during instances of error and can cause any intended register of colour to slightly displace. In this preoccupation with screens, the desire is to see if our eyes might become attentive to the disjunction between colour as light/sight and the material pigments/technologies that embody colour. For Goel, these moments obscure a kind of spectacle-oriented (and homogenized) presentation of cities in the global milieu and reflect a sense of ambiguity, dis-identification and homelessness that is now vested in the nature of all things as well as spaces, despite illusory familiarity.

Born 1985 in New Delhi
Lives and works in New Delhi

Education

  • 2010

    MFA (Painting/Printmaking), Yale University School of Art, New Haven, USA

  • 2008
    PBS (Painting/Drawing), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), USA
  • 2007
    BFA (Painting/Drawing), Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2015

    LEVEL, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

  • 2011
    ‘2" Left from Here’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2016

    'DWELLING', 10th Anniversary Show, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

  • 2016
    'Abstract Chronicles', curated by Girish Shahane, Gallery OED, Kochi
  • 2014
    'Experiments with Truth and Time', Museum of Conflict, Ahmedabad Curated by Prayas Abhinav
  • 2013
    'Un Popola Senza Memoria E Un Popola Senza Futuro', Casa Masaccio ArteContemporanea, San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy Curated by Sumesh Sharma and Serena Trinchero
  • 2013
    India Art Fair, New Delhi Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
  • 2012
    'Salaam Bombay: Beauty and Chaos within the Urban Environment', Art AsiaMiami, and Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia Curated by Jasmine Wahi
  • 2012
    ART HK12, Hong Kong International Art Fair Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
  • 2012
    'City as Studio 2', SARAI, New Delhi
  • 2011
    'Cabarnet Initiatives', Northside Open Studios, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2011
    Group Show, Gallery White Flag, New York Curated by Arthur Brum
  • 2010
    'City as Studio', SARAI, New Delhi
  • 2009
    'Ten Ton Lid', Greene Gallery, New Haven
  • 2009
    'Sam's Space', Yale School of Art, New Haven

Awards

  • 2012

    City as Studio Fellowship, SARAI, New Delhi

  • 2010
    Elizabeth Canfield Hicks award for Painting and Drawing, Yale School of Art, New Haven

Residencies

  • 2012

    Space 118, Mumbai

  • 2011
    SARAI, New Delhi
  • 2011
    Vermont Studio Centre, USA