I'm interested in the human experience, the conditions that shape society, the poetics of the everyday, and the relationships between them. I created a term called Dark Imaginarence to conceptually and formally (self) identify my multidisciplinary art practice as it moves through its observation, process, and productive stages. Dark Imaginarence is rooted in socio-cultural concerns, the working class, the Black American experience, everyday aesthetics, and the experiential. This idea is based on aesthetic query and social engagement that not only questions what can be considered contemporary art but also centers blackness and Black American social life as the expansive and not the reductive in terms of its conceptual, social, and spatial location. While addressing humanity in this context, I hope to free these nuances from binary and limited descriptions by creating areas for multiple forms of interpretation and potential dialog. I wish to simultaneously present these expressions and formulations as a means to achieve a deeper understanding of self and the society we live in by looking backwards, forward, and within the present day.
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