Nathaniel Donnett is a cultural practitioner who practices occupies both metaphysical and phenomenological spaces. Donnett applies various strategies by cultivating his oeuvre, inserting polyrhythms into the poetics and prosaics of everyday life. His work challenges and collapses traditional modes of linear timeline narratives through the use of radical fractal theory, the black aesthetic tradition, notions of incompleteness, and social aesthetics.
Donnett coined the term dark imaginarence to describe his multidisciplinary practice that applies various disciplines such as drawing/painting, sculpture, installation, community-based projects, performance, sound, video, and writing. Dark Imaginarence acts as a state of be, being, been, and becoming complicating reality and time through discourse that’s entangled between aesthetics, art, and the everyday. Rather than prioritize only that which is created for presentation or consumption, dark imaginarence also emphasizes observation, the spiritual, concept, process, collaboration, and community - underscoring the intersection of art and life
Dark imaginarence is a polyrhythm and a ghost note.
Dark imaginarence is art, before art, after art, anti-art, and reclaims art and suggest that it may not be art at all.
It may be considered something else closer to aesthetics or a way of life.
It is 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. It is human and remains in flux, off-center, on and off beat.