Nathaniel Donnett is a cultural practitioner who lives and works in Houston, TX and New Haven, CT. Donnett's practice occupies both metaphysical and phenomenological spaces. He applies refusal strategies by cultivating his oeuvre, inserting polyrhythms into the poetics of the everyday. His work challenges traditional modes of linear timeline narratives by employing the black aesthetic tradition, radical fractal theory, notions of incompleteness, and ideas of pursuance.


Donnett makes visible the complexity of human potential and limitation within social systems by examining space/time, art, and aesthetics through the recontextualization of material, meaning, and treatment. Drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video, sound, and social discourse become his varied methodologies representing the fragmented whole of imagination and black social life, underscoring the idea of (art is life) as an ongoing philosophy.

 

Dark imaginarence, a neologism Donett coined, is to experience the imagination and imagine the experience, transcending into the unknown out from uncertainty, while engaging in acts of transformation and refusal without abandoning one's socio-political reality and material cosmology. Dark Imaginarence implements musicality and poetry through a plurality of visual, sound, and body/haptic languages.
Rather than prioritize presentation or consumption, dark imaginarence also emphasizes the experimental, observation, the spiritual, concept, 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 may be closer to aesthetics or a way of life.
It's 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 remains in flux, off-center, poetic, and cosmological while playing on and offbeat.

 

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