Nikita Gale - TEETH


Nikita Gale
TEETH, 2022
Three-color screenprint on Yupo paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Framed: 21 1/4 x 17 1/4 x 7/8 inches (54 x 43.8 x 2.2 cm)
Edition of 30, 6 AP

Printed by Du-Good Press, New York
Published by 52 Walker, New York

The work of Los Angeles–based artist Nikita Gale (b. 1983) is engaged with the history and politics of sound and its surrounds. Through a multidisciplinary approach, Gale recasts and destabilizes notions of witnessing, visibility, and representation that operate both inside and outside of the space as well as within and among our bodies.

 The present print relates to a suite of aluminum drawings entitled BODY PRINTS that debuted in END OF SUBJECT, Gale's 2022 solo exhibition at 52 Walker. The title of the series alludes to David Hammons's Body Prints (1968­–1979), which were made by pressing his own grease-covered body—or that of another person—against a large-scale piece of paper and then fixing the image with powdered pigment. In translating Gale’s work, master printer Leslie Diuguid manipulated screenprinting techniques to evoke the shadowy sheen and textured surfaces of Gale’s etched aluminum drawings. To do so, she printed on Yupo paper, as its synthetic surface is non-absorbent and therefore holds a crisper mark. Working reductively, Diuguid echoed Gale’s process of extraction and the artist’s additive and subtractive methods of mark-making into the resulting screenprints.