NITIN MUKUL

Born 1969 in Lawrence, MA

Nitin Mukul is a visual artist living and working in NYC. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New York Press, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, Time Out, Asian Art News and Art India magazine. He has worked as an assistant for the late American minimalist artist Sol Lewitt and was a former Creative Director at the Indocenter of Art & Culture in NYC. He has shown with Nature Morte Gallery in Delhi, The Guild (Mumbai/New York), and Aicon Gallery (New York/London). His work was included in The India Art Fair in 2011, 2014, Art Asia Miami 2009, Hong Kong Art Fair 2009, Scope Art Basel 2009 and is held in private collections. He has curated exhibitions at P.S. 122 and Aicon Gallery in NYC and Arts•I Gallery in Delhi.

Education

University of Massachusetts at Amherst – B.F.A. Painting
Hogescool voor de Kunsten, Netherlands – Graphic Design, Photography, Printmaking and Painting

Select Exhibitions

2014 India Art Fair (Aicon Gallery), New Delhi
2013-2014 "Queens International", Queens Museum of Art
2013 Splintering Signals | Chitra Ganesh and Nitin Mukul, UMASS, Amherst
Scope Art Fair, NYC
Fact/Fission Curated by Nitin Mukul, Aicon Gallery, NYC
2011 Art Dubai (Aicon Gallery), Dubai, UAE
Reprise (Aicon Gallery), New Delhi
India Art Summit (Aicon Gallery), New Delhi
2010 Of Filmi Love and Other Demons, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA
Screening of 'Red Raga' and 'Kali', Monkeytown, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Malleable Memory, Curated by Nitin Mukul, Aicon Gallery, NYC
What Matters Most, Exit Art, NYC
Discerning Form, Aicon Gallery, NYC
2009 India Art Summit (Gallery Espace), Delhi
Scope Basel (Primo Marella Gallery)
Art Hong Kong (Primo Marella Gallery)
Asian Contemporary Art Week, Asia Society, NYC
2008-2009 The Nature of the City Curated by Nitin Mukul & Alexander Keefe, Gallery Arts•I, Delhi
2008 Art Asia Miami (The Guild), Miami, FL
Video Wednesday, Gallery Espace, Delhi
I Woke Up Somewhere Else,The Guild, NYC
The Affordable Art Fair, NYC
EnGendered, Lincoln Center, NYC
Nature Morte Annex, Delhi
2007 House of the Rising Sun, India Habitat Centre, Delhi
Americaura, Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
The Monsoon Show, Red Earth India, Delhi
Making History Our Own, SAHMAT, Delhi
2006 Remix: East-West Currents in Contemporary Art, Arlington Arts Center, Virginia
Neither Here Nor There, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia
2005 Edge of Desire / Fatal Love, Queens Museum of Art, NYC
2004 “Blow the Conch” curated by Nitin Mukul, P.S. 122, NYC
“Peace Taxi”, SAVAC, Toronto
2003 “Auracle”, Kanoria Centre for Art, Ahmedabad, India
2001 Art Under the Bridge Festival, DUMBO, Brooklyn


Selected Media & Reviews

2013 White Hot Magazine, by Susannah Edelbaum
Al Jazeera, by Dinesh Sharma
2012 The New York Press, by Melissa Stern
2011 The Philadelphia Inquirer, by Victoria Donohoe
2010 Malleable Memory, The Wall Street Journal, by Vibhuti Patel
2008 I Woke Up Somewhere Else, Asian Art News, by Priya Malhotra
Platform magazine
2007 Time Out magazine (Delhi edition), by Sonal Shah
2006 Fallonandrosof.com
2005 Art in Review, New York Times, by Holland Cotter
Ego Magazine, by Kiran Chandra
2003 Art India Magazine, Peace Taxi by Nitin Deckha

Artist Statement

By contrasting elements of both the urban and terrestrial, I attempt to give form to the tensions of absence/presence between geographies, cultures, and how larger patterns of migration and conquest throughout history collapse physical boundaries and reshape identity. Using forms that refer to the worlds constituted by both the social and the biological, I interrogate the parallels, dissonances and grey areas between these alleged dichotomies. The language of painting conveys tactile visual experience allowing me to give equal weight to the processes of creation and deterioration, calling attention to the impermanence and fragility of what's around us. My painting practice is rooted in collage and combines process-oriented mark making (using tea stain for example) with representational elements, staging an evocative interplay between the two. I recast and recombine architectural remnants, landscapes and iconography but without explicit narratives, alluding to the dislocated/disembodied ways we function today.