Nikita Gale

 ( 1983, Anchorage)

Biography

Nikita Gale is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, California and holds a BA in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeological Studies from Yale University and earned an MFA in New Genres at UCLA. Gale's practice is often structured by long-term obsessions with specific objects and the ways these objects gesture towards particular social and political histories. Gale uses ubiquitous consumer technologies as frameworks to consider how individuals potentially reproduce their relationships to objects within their relationships to psychic space and political, social, and economic systems. For Gale, the term “reproduction” is as much a mechanical, technical process as it is a process rooted in sex, biology and the organic.

Nikita’s work has recently been exhibited at LACE (Los Angeles); Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles); CUE Art Foundation (New York); The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York); Cubitt (London); Rodeo Gallery (London); Ceysson & Benetiere (Paris); and in “Made in L.A. 2018” at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). Gale’s work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Art21, AQNB, Frieze, Vogue, and Flash Art.

Education

2016
MFA New Genres| UCLA, Los Angeles, California, United States

2006
BA Anthropology (Archaelological Studies) | Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States


"My practice is often structured by long-term obsessions with specific objects, or classes of objects and the ways these objects gesture towards very specific social and political histories. I use ubiquitous consumer technologies as frameworks to consider how individuals potentially reproduce their relationships to objects within their relationships to psychic space and political, social, and economic systems.

Here, the term "reproduction" is as much a mechanical, technical process as it is a process rooted in sex, biology and the organic. On a more physical register, my work also points to the ways that objects can be understood as instruments that extend or amplify the body through a relationship to touch. Reproduction connects humans to a desire for extension and amplification both biologically and through industrial processes. My work is a proposal for what happens when physical and psychological relationships crash and coalesce through repetition and overlap. My recent work has specifically focused on the commodification of strategies of dissent and protest."

Nikita Gale
Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Relics, Paris
September 06 - October 06, 2018

Cult of the Crimson Queen, New York
February 05 - March 14, 2020


Solo Show

2018
DESCENT, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, United States
Keynote Drift, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, United States
EXTENDED PLAY, 56 Henry, New York, United States

2017
RIFF FATIGUE, Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, United States

2016
LOW MAINTENANCE : i only believe in horsepower now (Graduate thesis exhibition), UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, United States

2014
Autographs, PARMER, Brooklyn, United States

2013
White player : Niki, The Front, New Orleans, United States

2012
1961, {Poeme 88}, Atlanta, United States

2010
BOOLSH1T, Mint Gallery, Atlanta, United States

Group Show
2019
Notebook, curated by Joanne Greenbaum, 56 Henry, New York, NY

2018
Relics, curated by Ellie Rines, Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris, France
Made in L.A, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, United States
Soft Focus, Reyes Projects, Detroit, United States

2017
CULTURAL CAPITAL COOPERATIVE OBJECT # 1 & 2, Rodeo Gallery, London, United-Kingdom
Fictions, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, United States
Race, Love, and Labor, Paul W.Zuccaire Gallery, Stony Brook, New York, United States
Earputty, 56 Henry, New York, United States
Regrouping, LUX, London, United Kingdom

2016
CULTURAL CAPITAL COOPERATIVE OBJECT #2, Rodeo Gallery, London, United-Kingdom
Occupy Space Differently, Ochi Projects, Los Angeles, United States

2015
The Middle Future, Public Fiction, Paris, France
Rachel’s Killin’it, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, United States

2014
As we were Saying, EFA Project Space (Elizabeth Foundation), New York, United States
Race, Love, and Labor, Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, New York, United States
Hearsay, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, United States
Rooted Movements, LMAK Projects, New York, United States
Foreword, Gallery 72, Atlanta, United States
The last Brucennial, Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, United States

2013
WORD !, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Decatur Book Festival), Atlanta, United States
Consuming Passions, (cur. Amanda Parmer) Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, United States
BLOW-UP, {Poem 88} Atlanta, United States
(in)complete, {TEMP}, New York, United States

2012
Made in Woodstock VI, The Center for Photography a Woodstock, Woodstock, United States
Shared Southern Stories, Emily Amy Gallery, Atlanta, United States
Living Walls (Street Art Conference), Atlanta, United States
Still Figuring It Out, RAC, New York, United States
Linearity, Mint Gallery, Atlanta, United States
Breathing Room, School of Visual Arts, New York, United States
100,000 Cubicle Hours, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, United States

2011
*Ground Floor, Dashboard Co-op, Atlanta, United States
Irrational Exuberance : A Recession Art Show, The Invisible Dog Gallery, New York, United States

Relics

Relics

October 03, 2018