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Nikita Gale, DESCENT, 2018, HD video, color, sound, 8 minutes 21 seconds.

Nikita Gale, DESCENT, 2018, HD video, color, sound, 8 minutes 21 seconds.

Nikita Gale

Commonwealth and Council

Nikita Gale, DESCENT, 2018, HD video, color, sound, 8 minutes 21 seconds.

fuck transparency. Nikita Gale’s exhibition “DESCENT” was paced by a rhythmic guitar distortion and a stoic voice-over emanating from its namesake video. The title’s multiple reads—hereditary descent, angled descent, dissent—were part of Gale’s efforts throughout the show to scramble legibility, both visually and conceptually.

A long corridor lit green led to the gallery; the color, complementary to the occasional red glow of Gale’s video, left a blinding afterimage of the silhouetted shapes that obstructed the hallway’s other doorways. Gale had divided the main space with a series of improvised fortifications: The metal studs of an unfinished wall cut perpendicularly across the room in DESCENT SCREEN (all works, 2018) while caution-tape-like strips of towels and shirts partially dipped in concrete hung from metal wires, obstructing a pathway. Her improvisational use of

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