I'm interested in the psychosocial conditions that shape human behavior, society; the consequence of these conditions, and the overall aesthetic 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 empirical, process, and productive stages. Dark Imaginarence is rooted in socio-political concerns, working class resourcefulness, Black American cultural expression, poetics of the everyday, and the experiential. This idea is based on aesthetic query and social engagement that not only questions what is or what can be considered contemporary art but also centers blackness and Black American social life as the expansive and not the restrictive in terms of its conceptual, social, and spatial location. While addressing the human condition in this context, I hope to free these nuances from binary descriptions and achieve a deeper understanding of self and the society we live in.
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