Rafael Domenech:

    Untitled (publication for Sarduy)

    91 panels of baltic birch plywood, vinyl
    32 x 17 x 1 inches (81.28 x 43.18 x 2.54 cm)
    Series of 45 objects

    Rafael Domenech’s work utilizes and explores notions of architecture, urban design, and contemporary material production as research tactics for the production of different typologies of objects and spaces.

    Untitled (publication for Sarduy), a series of works by Rafael Domenech, were part of his solo exhibition Model to exhaust this place (SculptureCenter Pavilion), on view January 16–March 23, 2020. For the exhibition, Domenech created a large-scale modular installation on the ground floor gallery which, depending on the time of their visit, viewers experienced as a sculpture, an architectural model, or a venue for public programs and events. Within the pavilion, 91 baltic birch plywood panels operated in multiple ways—as a poem, a utilitarian object, and as sculptures. Each wood panel contains segments of two poems by exiled Neo-Baroque Cuban poet Severo Sarduy (1937-1993) written in red vinyl. Any two panels can interlock and create a fully functional chair.

    Rafael Domenech was born in 1989 in Havana, Cuba and lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited at SculptureCenter; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City; The Bass Museum, Miami Beach; Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami; Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Artium Museum, Vitoria, Spain; Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami; and The Rockefeller Foundation, New York. Domenech was the recipient of an award from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and the CINTAS Fellowship.

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