Made in India

ART HK is such a great venue to discover international artists, and new art scenes. I’ve never been to India and don’t know much about the art scene there, but one of the painting’s that fascinated me the most at the art fair, were these two by Indian artist Tanya Goel. The more you look at the paintings, the more you discover hidden in the colours and surface! 

Excerpt from the gallery: “Tanya Goel’s new paintings Spektrum Signages I & II characterize her ongoing exploration of the experience of surfaces. Surfaces of architecture, of electronic signboards, of shadows and reflections, of cracks, of moving images and television sets, and the density each of these carries.

Towards exploring the affects that such a wide range of surfaces unleash, her current series of paintings focus specifically on monitors and screens; for being the surface which overlaps excessive imagery; that obliterates what’s behind it but can reflect what’s before it; that emits light / colour but also absorbs attention; that distracts as much as it fascinates; that flickers during instances of error, or causes the placement of colours to get slightly displaced.

The incorporation and manipulation of texture is an established staple in Goel’s work. The use of paper or dust to build up the granular texture is found in almost every work. And it is this idea of ‘build up’ that defines Tanya’s relationship with space. She works almost mathematically – methodically using addition and subtraction of the material pigments that embody colour and texture ‘Through Covering, Obscuring, and Uncovering; Making, Adding, and Negating; I attempt to figure a (non) system that opens up the act of making and seeing painting in today’s time.”

Tanya Goel (born 1985 in New Delhi) attained an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art. She completed her Post Bachelor Studies at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago and holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from M.S. University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda. Represented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinmecke, from Delhi.

These especially resonnated with me, being at the art fair where everyone is constantly instagramming/tweeting/facebooking, taking photos of the paintings and each other. It says something about our crazy digital age.


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