I'm interested in human behavior and the psychosocial conditions that shape them. I'm also interested in the aesthetic and conceptual relationships that occur between people, objects, ideas, phenomena, and space. I created a term to (self) identify my multidisciplinary practice, called Dark Imaginarence. It is rooted in socio-political concerns, working class poor- resourcefulness, Black American cultural expression/experience, the experiential, and the poetics of the everyday. It conceptually and formally describes the totality of my practice.
Currently I've been interested in ways Black Americans interrupt, occupy, resist, re-imagine, and experience the spatial. Black Americans spatial location is often viewed through the lens of objectification and fetishisms as well as resilience and inventiveness. The idea of blackness as I see it, continuously breaks away from or contends with flattened- reductionist frameworks and constrained-parenthetical locations as well as expands and celebrates the presence of blackness. I use this idea of space or the spatial in this context, to explore these various complexities through form, cultural production, and meaning.
I work in media that range from social discussions, community projects, paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, video, and performance. What I hope to achieve is a deeper understanding of self and society. I wish to create the type of multiple layering of form, rhythm, thoughtfulness, and content as it relates to humanity and the human condition, in ways that Black American music was created from the Black American experience.
Nathaniel Donnett lives and works in Houston, Texas and received his BA in fine arts at Texas Southern University. Donnett is the founder of the website blog "Not That But This." Donnett is a recipient of a 2017/2011 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant, 2015 Houston Downtown Vehicular Wayfinding Signs Project public art commission. Donnett has also received a 2014 Harpo Foundation Grant, 2015/2011 Idea Fund/Andy Warhol Foundation Grant, and a 2010 Artadia Award. Selected exhibitions were at The Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS, The McColl Center, Charlotte, NC, The American Museum, Washington, DC, The Kemper Contemporary Arts Museum, Kansas City, MO, The Theresa Hotel, Harlem, NY, Harvey B Gantt Art Center for African American Arts and Culture, Charlotte, NC, The Community Artist's Collective, The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury CT, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX, The University Museum, Houston, TX, and The New Museum, New York, NY