When I thought about creating this website I wanted to bring some attention to some of the art making, cultural production, and ideas that existed in the city of Houston, Texas. It wasn’t a recalcitrant attempt to dismiss what was happening in Houston at the time but an interest to add to the conversation. So some friends and I decided to have a go of it and created a blog that became a full-fledged website blog zine called Not That But This. NTBT was able to fulfill its mission with the support of a grant awarded by The Idea Fund; a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses and is funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. Those who were able to participate are either artists or artists who write or writers who art and contributed or was featured on NTBT in 2015. I asked them if they could submit images with no theme in mind but if there was a theme these were topics to think about.
1.Black expressionism, particularly music and performance influenced 2. Expansion of the imaginative potential (particularly new worlds or the same world with better options) 3. Queer, Feminist theoretical concerns 4. Protest 5. Freedom (whatever that means to them) 6. Self –Doubt or Self Actualization 7. Black Futurist-Black Pessimism
The artists responded quickly and I assume with lots of thought involved; however, there was a short amount of time to respond. I was interested to see how the preexisting relationships between the artists would materialize. What does it say, if anything about the relational nature and adhesion between the viewer, the work of the artists, and the website that was created to fill an empty space and simultaneously create new spaces?
This exhibition is an overview of some of the topics that’s been featured on NTBT; such as the concerns for spaces for uncensored expression, expanding descriptions of art, and increasing visibility of (non-monolithic ideas, forms, and aesthetics) created by African American artists and artists of the African diaspora, along with artists of color. There are also vacillations between conflict, call and response, social issues, and multiple perspectives of freedom. I hope that this exhibition, as I hope this website injects a small gesture that interrupts our daily lives in some way and contributes something interesting to think about in our ongoing “Oh what the hell just happened now-ness?” society.
The contributing artists in Intersections Between Spaces and Gaps that Implies Structure and Improvisation are: Rabea Ballin’, Jean-Sebastien Boncy, william cordova, Nathaniel Donnett, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Ann Johnson, Robert Pruitt, Anthony Suber, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Charisse Pearlina Weston
I want to thank all of the contributors, writers, artists, and creatives, that participated in this online exhibition and everyone unfortunately who couldn’t participate. I will inform you of this earlier to give you enough time. (my bad) I also want to thank friends, family, and everyone else helped make this happen. There are too many to name but I really appreciate it.
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Putting Everythang on the Hotsauce
still image of sculpture with audio, wood, plastic, hotsauce bottles, audio sound
Silent Parade.. or The Soul Rebels Vs. Robert E. Lee
color digital video performance Lee Circle, New Orleans, LA
Short film collaged from clips from the the Texas Archive of the Moving Image as part of the Mess with Texas Film Series.
Nathaniel Donnett is an interdisciplinary artist from Houston, Texas who is interested in human behavior and psycho-social concerns. Donnett is currently working out his “Dark Imaginarence” concept/manifesto soul theory, and is also the founder of “Not That But This.” You can find him at www.nathanieldonnett.com, https://twitter.com/artistik, and on facebook.