In his early works which included databases, repurposed walls, narrative graffiti performances, projections, light and video works, as well as the recording and categorizing of found texts and symbols all trace his identity formation from his childhood in Cuba until his immigration to the United States. Early works tie his practice to poetic and iconic text such as a wall with term Cuba Libre partly obscured, ambivalently recalling the famous drink made with Coca Cola imported for the United States and the freedom cry of his homeland. His work is as much a complex response to cross-cultural influences as is it a hybridization of early Latin-American abstraction which responded to the conditions of the political socialist systems. He works around standardized units, in particular, the book and standard printing sizes as organizational mechanisms and materiality. His lamp works which he began in 2016 with the series where based on astronomy and cosmology terms for objects colliding in space which organized a sequence of artworks that had physical or theoretical connections into a larger system especially their own fabrication. This is further articulated as research production process, place histories, and concrete poetry all of which he relates to the book and publishing as strategies of distribution such as sentences on a page. Two lines of investigation, light and archival material, converged into his Collapsible archive (efficiency to occupy space), which are paper lamps that act as a vehicle to display his own politically charged images of architectural and urban development. His work continually addresses an economy of means in production showing how the artwork itself is part of the ecosystem of practices outside the studio into the institution and world beyond art.Read More
Rafael Domenech graduated with a BFA from New World School of the Arts in Miami in 2015 and later earned an MFA from Columbia University in 2019. He has been exhibited by major institutions such as The Bass Museum, Miami Beach, Florida; SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York, and Socrates Sculpture Park. He has received several awards including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Morty Frank Fellowship Fund, and Soros foundation finalist.
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