gallery Interview with artist Jaime Knight, recorded at Nook Gallery: Addressing graphic design, printmaking, and magic in the twenty-first century among other topics relevant to his most current show in Oakland, California

In Austin Osman Spare’s development of Chaos Magick, sigils are used as symbols or glyphs to represent a certain desire or intention. They are complex designs reified through the process of their creation. Every Body In uses hand printed sigil patterned upholstery to charge a space already imbued with the psycho/emotional energies of dialogue, empathy, caring and community. Nook Gallery exists for the purpose to engage and in response, the work is a series of sigils based on the desires to be inclusive, call to act and work towards positive change.

Jaime Knight is an artist, musician, and educator whose practice investigates the radical intricacies of queer subjectivity. He received his BFA from the University of New Mexico, an MA in Education from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the University of Iowa. Some of his recent projects explore the history of Southern California gay motorcycle clubs, the correlation between the AIDS crisis and nuclear threat of the Reagan era, ideas of queer utopianism and longing and representations of gays in history and contemporary media. He is currently an assistant professor in Print at the California College of the Arts. To learn more about Jaime’s work visit his website

Every Body In
Jaime Knight

September 14- October 7
Closing Reception: Sunday, October 7, 7:00-10:00 pm

Nook Gallery was founded by Shushan Tesfizigta and Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, with the hopes of carving out an inclusive and accessible space to support and give room for emerging artists of color, women and queer artists, to exhibit and present work. The seating nook transformed into a gallery in our kitchen, gives the artist(s) a clear and unique space to work with, and present work within. Thinking about the importance of gathering around a table, what does it mean to come together for a meal or to cook together, for art, for critical discussion, for storytelling? Bringing the community together is what we strive to do as artists, culture makers, curators, writers and performers in the world. The Nook Gallery offers a possibility for supporting and nurturing this gathering, telling and being together. Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo is the lead curator and director of programming.

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
310 51st street, Oakland, CA 94609
(enter through the red door in the backyard)
Open by appointment


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