Date: March 23, 2019 to March 23, 2019
Where: apexart, 291 Church Street, New York, New York, United States, 10013
Event Type: Arts & Theater
Ticket Price: N/A
Tabitha Nikolai makes mutant artifacts from cosplay, video games, and suburban occult--fragile teen rites to summon, after years of heartache, herself. In an informal artist talk, Nikolai will endeavor to address the ineffability in her piece "Ineffable Glossolalia" which is as part of the exhibition, Dire Jank, opening on March 21 at apexart. "Ineffable Glossolalia" is an architectural fusion of Borges' infinite library with the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, a key structure in pre-war Berlin's progressive landscape, influential in early trans studies until fire and concentration camps consumed its books and inhabitants. Nikolai will discuss various aspects of her practice: experiential abstraction in virtual space, exotic forms of digital loneliness and why videogames are better to make than installations of office and retail furniture. Tabitha Nikolai is a trashgender gutter elf and low-level cybermage raised in Salt Lake City and based in Portland, Oregon. Her artwork manifests as videogames, cosplay, and earnest rites of suburban occult. She is sometimes a stray cat and an attractive nuisance who is interested in reinvention, resilience, and making pocket worlds with people she loves. She teaches and manages galleries at Portland State University. Her work has been shown at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, and Ganka Gallery in Tokyo. She hopes you're doing okay.