By contrasting elements of both the urban and terrestrial landscape, 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, at once self reflexive, also allows the work to evoke a sense of pathos, an almost tactile visual experience of watching man's creations decompose, calling attention to their impermanence and fragility.
Nitin Mukul lives in Jackson Heights, and was recently based in New Delhi. He was included in the exhibition 'Edge of Desire/Fatal Love' at the Queens Museum of Art in 2005. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Asian Art News and Art India magazine. He worked as an assistant for Sol Lewitt. He has had recent shows with Nature Morte Gallery in Delhi and The Guild, NYC. His work was in the Hong Kong Art Fair 2009 & Scope Art Basel 2009. He has current and upcoming shows in 2010 at Aicon Gallery, NYC and Monkeytown in Brooklyn.