Nikita Gale

Nikita Gale

Keynote Drift

March 6, 2018 – April 1, 2018

It’s another sunny day on a standstill LA freeway. Two lovers/friends are going mad confined in the front seats. Carefully choreographed conversation slips away and discomfort builds. No more innuendo; no more burden, no more deep-buried truths. As the car crawls and brakes and glides inch-by-inch a trumpet hollers out what the empty voices miss. The horn slurs out guileless love, fear, frustration, absurdity, nonsense, humor all as unpredictable as the road ahead. As a musical instrument, the horn is significant in its very direct and dependent relationship to the human body – it fulfills its intended function when animated by the force of human breath. Our friends are galloping towards another form of talking when talking is no longer an option. In this recorded sound performance, the artist plays a trumpet — one type of musical horn – to imitate car-related sounds; the performance comprises a series of perceptual shifts between figure and ground within an automotive soundscape – keynote or ground sounds (the hum of a motor) are speckled with soundmarks (the sound of screeching tires, the sound of a transmission shifting gears) and, in some moments within the composition, drift entirely into signals (the sound of a siren, the sound of an engine blowing out). This assemblage of sounds coalesces and disperse to produce a sonic landscape that oscillates between images of crashes, racing, bodies, and scenic transcendent drives. From a whisper to a growl, we hear a pause for breath followed by an explosion of unconscious experiences, limits of the body punctuating the exchange. The fiery trumpet blazing like the sun.


Nikita Gale

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.
Nikita’s work has recently been exhibited at MoMA PS1 (New York); LACE (Los Angeles); Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles); Matthew Marks Gallery (Los Angeles); The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York); 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. Nikita currently serves on the Board of Directors for GREX, the west coast affiliate of the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.


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