Nikita Gale: END OF SUBJECT
Introduction by Ebony L. Haynes. Texts by Andrea Fraser and Harmony Holiday. Liner notes by Daphne A. Brooks
The second title in the Clarion series spotlights the artist Nikita Gale, whose multimedia work applies the lens of material culture to examine the role authority plays in political, social, and economic systems.
Immersing the audience in sound and light, Nikita Gale’s END OF SUBJECT subverts understandings of viewership by prompting spectators to question their subjecthood within 52 Walker’s site-specific installation. Creating an aurally and visually rich environment, Gale engages with the architecture of the space, stimulating all senses, and muses on the boundaries of performance art. Considering and fracturing the physical space of the installation, the artist employs abolitionist ideology and institutional critique to simultaneously rupture and rebuild facets of the art institution.
With an introduction by Ebony L. Haynes and a suite of poems by Harmony Holiday, this publication considers Gale’s multidisciplinary approach in addressing historical hierarchies of visibility. A text by the esteemed artist Andrea Fraser offers reflections on the various interventions at play during a gathering held in the exhibition.
Artists: Nikita Gale
Contributors: Ebony L. Haynes, Andrea Fraser, Harmony Holiday, Clarion
Designer: Andrea Hyde
Printer: Verona Libri
Publication Date: 2023
Binding: VeronaLibri, Verona
Dimensions: 6.5 × 9.25 in | 16.5 × 23.2 cm
Reproductions: 29 illustrations
Retail: $35 | $47 CAN | £25
Born in 1983 in Anchorage, Alaska, Nikita Gale received a BA from Yale University in 2006, and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2016. Gale also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, Maine, in 2019. In 2022, Chisenhale Gallery, London, presented Gale’s first European solo exhibition. The artist has had other notable solo exhibitions and commissions at institutions such as LAXART, Los Angeles (2022); the California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2021); Anchorage Museum, Alaska (2021); MoMA PS1, New York (2020); The Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin (2019); Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2018). Gale is represented by 56 Henry, New York; Reyes|Finn, Detroit; and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. The artist resides and works in Los Angeles.
Ebony L. Haynes
Ebony L. Haynes is a writer and curator from Toronto. She is based in New York, where she is a director at David Zwirner. Haynes is a visiting curator and critic at the Yale School of Art in the painting and printmaking class of 2021. She also runs an online “school” that offers free professional practice classes to Black students worldwide.
Andrea Fraser is an artist whose work investigates the social, financial, and affective economies of cultural institutions, fields, and groups. She is Professor and Interdisciplinary Studio Area Head at the University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Art.
Harmony Holiday is a writer, dancer, archivist, and the author of five collections of poetry, including Hollywood Forever (2017) and Maafa (2022). She has received the Motherwell Prize from Fence Books, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a NYFA fellowship, a Schomburg Fellowship, a California Book Award, and a research fellowship from Harvard.
The Clarion series of illustrated publications is positioned as an extension of each exhibition at the groundbreaking gallery space 52 Walker, curated by Ebony L. Haynes. The program focuses on showcasing conceptual and research-based artists from a range of backgrounds and at various stages in their careers. The series title is derived from the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, the oldest of its kind, at the University of California, San Diego. Octavia Butler attended this workshop in the 1970s. Butler’s writing has been influential in the conceptual framework of the program and the Clarion series. With a sleek design influenced by encyclopedias, each publication features color reproductions of the works on view, alongside an introduction by Haynes, commissioned essays, artist texts, archival materials, and more.