Nathaniel Donnett is a cultural practitioner who lives and works in Houston, TX. Donnett's practice holds metaphysical and phenomenological spaces that consist of mixed media, textiles, installation, sound, sculpture, video, collaborative practices, and public art. He applies refusal strategies that cultivate his oeuvre, embedding polyrhythms into the poetics of the everyday. By exercising black aesthetic traditions, radical fractal theory, notions of incompleteness, music, and sacred geometry, Donnett challenges conventional modes of linear timeline narratives. Non-related ideas juxtaposed with various materials create asymmetrical associations that refer to the intersections of art/everyday aesthetic relationships and our human limitations within socio-political systems. Ultimately, these relationships are methods that address the ideas of the in-exterior self, the encounters of liminal space, exploring the nuance in familiar frameworks, and supporting the belief that art is not separate from life.
Dark Imaginarence, a neologism Donnett coined to describe his practice and methodology, is to experience the imagination and imagine the experience through space and time, objects, or the immaterial by visual, sound, and body/haptic languages. Donnett cuts across various mediums to express the fragment and whole of imagination in everyday life. His process accesses modes of transformation and transcendence while maintaining their associatins with the material world. Rather than prioritize presentation or consumption, dark imaginarence also emphasizes the experimental, the unfinished, place, observation, improvisation, spirituality, process, collaboration, and community.
Dark imaginarence is a polyrhythm and a ghost note. Dark imaginarence is art, before art, after art, anti-art, and reclaims art and suggests that it may not be art at all. It is aesthetic. It is incomplete; it collaborates. Dark imaginarence is neither- either/or. It is both/and. It is a body, mind, and soul composition—a human and spiritual compilation of ancestral genealogies. Dark Imaginarence is a blackness that remains in flux, off-center, poetic, and cosmological while playing on and offbeat.
Dark imaginarence is a way of life where one can think, make, act, and exist creatively.