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A Funky Time: A Tribute to "Darling Nikki" by Nate Hester: Pretty Sketchy

A Funky Time: A Tribute to "Darling Nikki" by Nate Hester: Pretty Sketchy

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42" x 40" with frame. Original art made with Sumi ink, vine charcoal, gold leaf & ephemera on Rives BFK.

Nate’s trans-disciplinary work (drawings, projected animations, textiles, ceramics, immersive installations of household ephemera, tags, and interactive encounters) explores the charming if disquieting incongruities of the places, communities and bodies to which we all yearn to belong. In the face of sadness and “saudade”—the Portuguese concept of nostalgia for the future—Nate calls forth the curiosity and playfulness of his own inner child, with the explicit hope that it invites audiences to connect to their own native and enduring bliss.

In "A Funky Good Time: A Tribue to "Darling Nikki"", Nate attempts to capture the vibe of the hotel lobby where Prince picked up a woman, Nikki, while she was pleasuring herself. After their evening together, she dear-johns him with a note: "Call me up if you want to grind." Here, Nate balances an etching and silkscreen of the musician against a fantastical bunny in a prom hoop skirt with shotgun shells, a Barbie tuxedo, beads, stickers of plumeria blooms and a jack playing card. This is all set against a backdrop of a pink monotype ecstasy cloud.

Nate Hester, an emerging artist born right here in the Bull City (Broughton, 1994), exhibited widely two decades ago—resurfacing most recently at Satellite Art Show concurrent to Art Basel Miami in December 2023. Hester’s works are included in the permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Allen Memorial Art Gallery at Oberlin College, the Newark Public Library, and the New York Public Library. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Art at Averett University in Danville, Virginia. This summer he mounts three shows in New York City while attending Residency Unlimited: You can find his work on Instagram: @nate_is_pretty_sketchy Website:

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