I'm interested in the theoretical and practical notion of blackness, Black social life, the experimental/ experiential, fugitivity, the individual self, and the collective as a conceptual and formal engagement regarding systems and the spatial imaginary. Inspired by music, art, cinema, history, and my surroundings, my interest in the everyday as an aesthetic, both as poetic and prosaic notions- question the ideas of art, culture, and socio-political concerns. By bringing attention to areas that are overlooked and identified as the in- between and (not) in between; I'm able to better understand the society we live in. This approach; an open-ended approach, seems to be as close to being human or life as possible; as it renders itself and its consequence incomplete and unresolved by searching, finding, and searching again.

 

As a way to address identity, these ideas, and interests, I've coined the term Dark Imaginarence to describe my multidisciplinary practice. Rather than prioritize only that which is created for presentation or consumption, Dark Imaginarence also emphasizes observation, concept, process, collaboration, and community - underscoring the interconnectivity and nuance between art and life. Dark Imaginarence is similar to dark adaptation in terms of how the eye adjusts to darkness. What appears before the eye is not limited to its opticality but also an understanding from disparate space, object, and conceptual materializations through illegibility and uncertainty. Dark Imaginarence is an on-going inquiry of our ongoing readjusting social - spatial frameworks.

 

Imagination and experience act as a foundation and improvises through the on and off beat polyrhythms of being, not being, ain’t being, to just be, how you've been, and what you're becoming. Dark Imaginarence simultaneously works within and outside the parameters of contemporary art but always within the idea of blackness. Dark Imaginarence is: art, before art, after art, anti-art, and reclaims art that has been erased or considered invisible. Or it may not be art at all. It is art and... It is imperfect and incomplete. It collaborates. Dark Imaginarence is not either/or. It is both/and/. It is a body, mind, and soul composition. A compilation of ancestral genealogies. It is human and remains in flux and off-center as a question that questions.

 

Dark Imaginarence is - to be continued.

 

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