Aug 25–Oct 28, 2018
#OpenspacesKC

I Adore Your Every Move

Nikita
Gale

Los Angeles, CA

The work of Los Angeles artist Nikita Gale is often characterized by her long-term obsessions with specific objects or classes of objects and the ways they reference particular social and political histories. Using ubiquitous consumer technologies as frameworks to consider how individuals reproduce their relationships to objects within both psychic space and political, social and economic systems, Gale’s Open Spaces project entails transposing a stray phrase written by Charlie Parker for his wife, onto a neon sign on the side of the historic Boone Theatre.

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Boone Theater
Viewing Hours:
Unlimited Viewing
*Best viewed at night

http://www.nikitagale.com

Nikita Gale

I Adore Your Every Move

Medium: Neon, Wood, and Metal

In the closing lines of a letter written to his wife, the great jazz innovator Charlie Parker employed the simple but resonant phrase, “I adore your every move.” As revived and recontextualized within this site-specific work by Los Angeles artist Nikita Gale, Parker’s phrase became the focus of the artist’s long-term obsession with specific objects or classes of objects and ideas, and the ways they reference particular social and political histories. Gale often makes use of ubiquitous consumer technologies as frameworks to consider how individuals reproduce their private relationships to objects and words within both psychic space and political, social and economic systems. By shifting the context from a private exchange between man and wife into a public declaration of love for Parker’s native city and the descendants of his family, friends and neighbors, Gale’s appropriation of the phrase breathes new resonance into the oft-quoted adage denoting Parker’s towering status in American music: “Bird lives.”

Boone Theater
Viewing Hours:
Unlimited Viewing
*Best viewed at night

http://www.nikitagale.com