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Rafael Domenech:
assembling beneath a desire for sabotage

Press Release
Chapter 1 || CONVERSATION WITH TALIA HEIMAN
Chapter 2 || SOCIAL FACTORY
Chapter 3 || 25TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT DINNER
Chapter 4 || CELEBRATION

For the inaugural exhibition in Locust Projects' new home, Cuban-American artist Rafael Domenech has envisioned “assembling beneath a desire for sabotage,” a massive architectural environment that creates a pavilion-like setting activated by a sequence of events. Invited to take over Locust Projects new space in Little River prior to build-out of galleries, the project builds on the artist's recent pavilion for the 58th Carnegie International in Pittsburgh.

Domenech’s architectural intervention at Locust Projects is intended to redefine the exhibition experience as an active machine for production and dialogue rather than a repository space for passive viewing. For “Assembling”, Domenech repurposes imagery from his Miami archive alongside a composite of texts to create a space that allows for affordance – a recognition of an architectural space in a state of transformation. Attendees can walk through the free flowing rooms, and layer their own experiences and ideas by participating in various activations, including a Community Celebration on March 3. 

The activations, conceived as a series of “chapters” informed by Domenech’s history of working with artist’s books and experimental publishing formats, will punctuate the run of the show, evolving in and through the community’s active participation.

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Rafael Domenech (b. 1989, Havana; lives between New York, NY and Miami, FL) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator exploring notions of architecture and urban design, public gathering spaces, and publishing methodologies.

He refers to his works as "publications," and they take the form of pavilions, installations, and public programs, as well as experimental publications.

Domenech’s spatial interventions intersect publishing methodologies such as cutting, redacting, revising, and circulation as research tactics to amplify his interest in the exhibition model as an active machine for production rather than a repository space.

Recent exhibitions include: the 58th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond; Passerelle centre d’art contemporain, Brest, France; Museum of Art and Design (MOAD), Miami.

His work has been exhibited at SculptureCenter, New York; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City; LIST Center, MIT, Cambridge; The Bass Museum, Miami Beach; Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum, Miami; Bronx Museum of the Arts, among others. He holds an MFA from Columbia University. In 2015, he received his BFA from New World School of the Arts and in 2009 received a BA from the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes “San Alejandro” in Cuba

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