Nikita Gale

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Artist Statement

My work is about relationships – physical relationships to objects (namely tools and technologies) and immaterial, intimate relationships that function on a psychological, interpersonal scale. I work across a variety mediums; however, much of my recent work (produced within the last year) has been video and sculpture installation.

I rely on the slippages and fluidity in the language I use to describe my practice because these slippages function like much of my work – terms like “object” and “reproduction” are of particular interest. An object is a physical form and it is also a psychological “form” (in its psychoanalytical definition). Reproduction is as much a mechanical, technical process as it is a process rooted in sex, biology and the organic. The medium that best exemplifies this slipperiness is the human voice for its function as a vehicle for language but also because of its relationship to the body. My audio documentations of unscripted conversations or scripted essay-like writings generally serve as starting points for my recent video work. In my work, the personal is foundational.

What happens when the actions or expectations reserved for a physical relationship to an object are replicated or reproduced in the realm of the psychological? This is the primary question of my current practice. I use my work to hypothesize what happens when physical relationships and psychological relationships crash and coalesce through repetition and overlap, and I am interested in the subsequent mutations and new objects that are formed through this contact.


MFA New Genres | UCLA, Los Angeles, California
BA Anthropology (Archaeological Studies) | Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

LOW MAINTENANCE: i only believe in horsepower now (Graduate thesis exhibition) | UCLA      New Wight Gallery | Los Angeles, CA
Autographs | PARMER | Brooklyn, NY
White Player: Niki | The Front | New Orleans, LA
1961 | {Poem88} | Atlanta, GA
BOOLESH1T | Mint Gallery| Atlanta, GA

Occupy Space Differently | Ochi Projects | Los Angeles, CA
The Middle Future | Public Fiction | Paris, France
Rachel’s Killin’ It | Zuckerman Museum of Art | Kennesaw, GA
NADA Art Fair (Booth curated by PARMER for Abrons Art Center) | New York, NY
As We Were Saying | EFA Project Space (Elizabeth Foundation) | New York, NY (cur. Claire Barliant)
Race, Love, and Labor | Samuel Dorsky Museum | New Paltz, NY (cur. Sarah Lewis)
Hearsay | Zuckerman Museum of Art | Kennesaw, GA
Rooted Movements | LMAK Projects | New York, NY
Foreword | Gallery 72 | Atlanta, GA
The Last Brucennial | Bruce High Quality Foundation | New York, NY
WORD! | Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Decatur Book Festival) | Atlanta, GA
Consuming Passions | Hagedorn Foundation Gallery | Atlanta, GA (cur. Amanda Parmer)
BLOW-UP | {Poem88} | Atlanta, GA
(in)complete | {TEMP} | New York City, New York
Made in Woodstock VI | The Center for Photography at Woodstock | Woodstock, NY
Shared Southern Stories | Emily Amy Gallery | Atlanta, Georgia
Living Walls (Street Art Conference) | Atlanta, Georgia
Still Figuring It Out | RAC | New York City, New York
Linearity | Mint Gallery | Atlanta, Georgia
Breathing Room | School of Visual Arts | New York City, New York
Under the Influence | Kianga Ellis Projects | New York City, New York
The Future is Behind Us | Atlanta Preservation Center | Atlanta, Georgia
100,000 Cubicle Hours | Atlanta Contemporary Art Center | Atlanta, Georgia
*Ground Floor | Dashboard Co-op | Atlanta, Georgia
Irrational Exuberance: A Recession Art Show | The Invisible Dog Gallery | New York City, New York

2016 Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Award | UCLA
2015 Robert J. Webster Scholarship | UCLA
2015 D’arcy Hayman Scholarship | UCLA
2015 Smith Scholarship | UCLA
2014 Graduate Division Award | UCLA
2014 D’arcy Hayman Scholarship | UCLA
2014 Resnick Scholarship | UCLA
2013 National Endowment for the Arts Southern Constellations Fellowship | Elsewhere,     Greensboro, NC
2013 Artist-in-Residence | Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2012 Studio Artist Program | Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia
2011 Artist-in-Residence | Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York

2014 Panelist | Liquid Blackness Symposium | Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
2014 Speaker | Solo Artist Talk | Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
2013 Speaker | Dialogue | High Museum, Atlanta, GA
2013 Speaker | CONVERSATIONS & CONSTELLATIONS with Nikita Gale | Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC
2012 Speaker | Decatur Book Festival, Atlanta, GA
2012 Speaker | Solo Artist Talk | Georgia State University, hosted by Faces of Feminism, Atlanta, GA
2012 Panelist | On Ambition, panel discussion | Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

2014 – 2016 Teaching Assistant to Andrea Fraser, Rebeca Mendez, Liz Glynn, MPA, Jennifer Bolande, and Barbara Kruger | UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
2012 – 2014   Guest Critic & Guest Lecturer | Intro to Photography | Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

* Eler, Alicia. “Place is the Space is the Place.” Art21 Magazine. September 8, 2016.
* Hausmann, Kayla. “Graduate art student explores intersections of human, technology.” Daily    Bruin. April 14, 2016.
* Kim, Deanna. “15 Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Art World.” Complex Magazine. February 3, 2015.
* Cotter, Holland. “Art in Review: As We Were Saying: Art and Identity in the Age of     ‘Post.'” The  New York Times. October 2, 2014. Print.
* Murrow, Taylor. “Review: Nikita Gale at The Front.” Pelican Bomb. October 4, 2013.
* Weiskofp, Dan. “Consuming Passions at Hagedorn Foundation Gallery.” BurnAway. May 16, 2013.
* Cotter, Christina. “Consuming Passions offers cultural critique, but not much passion, at       Hagedorn.” ArtsATL. May 3, 2013.
* Lampe, Lilly. “Blow-Up at Poem 88 revels in film themes.” Creative Loafing Atlanta. April     16, 2013.
* Gale, Nikita. “Glenn Ligon explores sources, influences, racial politics of his text-based       abstractions.” ArtsATL. January 7, 2013.
* “Artist to Watch: Nikita Gale.” Atlanta Magazine November/December (Best of Atlanta           Issue) 2012. Print.
* Black Contemporary Art Blog. ART PAPERS November/December 2012. Print.
* Lampe, Lilly. “Critics’ Pick: Nikita Gale.” September 19, 2012.
* Cullum, Jerry. “Review: Nikita Gale explores the limits of understanding history in 1961 at    {Poem 88}.” ArtsATL. September 19, 2012.
* Watkins, Ryan. “Artistic visions: Meet three diverse Atlanta LGBT artists” (cover      story). GA       Voice. June 22, 2012.
* Fox, Catherine. “Day Job: Georgia and 100,000 Cubicle Hours at the Atlanta Contemporary       Art       Center.” Atlanta Journal Constitution. January 21, 2012 (link).
* Williams, Wyatt. “Conceptual artist Nikita Gale explores the language of advertising, one     photograph at a time.” Creative Loafing Atlanta: Arts Issue. October 20, 2011.
* Williams, Wyatt. “Nikita Gale talks BOOLESH1T.” Creative Loafing Atlanta. November 6,  2010.