Rafael Domenech: the elliptical hour

[NAME] Publications, Miami / USA

May 10, 2022

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[NAME] Publications is excited to announce the release of a new, and much-anticipated, limited edition multiple by Rafael Domenech. Produced in an edition of 25 (and five artists’ proofs), these works were made as an extension of Domenech's exhibition, An Oracle on a Tomato, Ubiquitous Rectangles, which is currently on view at [NAME] in Miami until May 14. Titled ​​the elliptical hour (2022), these editioned pieces belong to a growing body of work collected under the same title as a way to underscore the regressive safeguarding of identity and value that dampens the rhetorical politics of so much contemporary cultural production. The “book-paintings,” as Domenech refers to them, bring together an archive of photographs taken intermittently in and around Miami since 2017 with varied surplus materials such as paper and plywood in a layering process that tracks the city’s urban dynamics and material flows. The works function in various ways. Closed, the “book-paintings” are containers for the many possibilities to set off a complex distribution of information and a play of forms and colors and can sit in their custom cases on a bookshelf. Open, they are vibrant structures that test new possibilities for painting in the age of standardization and data overloads. This edition is available for purchase starting at 2,500 USD.

Proceeds from this sale support year-round programming at [NAME], including publications, exhibitions, and events. At the beginning of 2022 the press moved into a storefront in West Miami, a working class community where there has historically been an absence of cultural institutions. This space serves as a bookstore, exhibition space, as well as the future home of Migrant Archives, a growing repository of cultural documents drawn from artists who are part of the displaced communities that now call South Florida home. Forthcoming exhibitions and programs include Exercises to be Happy: 1980s Cuban Ephemeral Practices, an exhibition and three-year research project that will culminate in an authoritative volume on the period and its practices, as well as solo exhibitions of work by artists Consuelo Castañeda and the late Chilean-American painter Enrique Castro-Cid. We’ll also be launching Practices for a Thawing World, a long-term Miami-based and globally networked lab organized collaboratively between [NAME] and urban geographer Stephanie Wakefield. The lab organizes programs and produces practical field guides that center around developing and identifying tools for engaging with rapidly changing global conditions.

While this new space has enabled [NAME] to expand its programming, the press continues to work on forthcoming book projects. In September we will launch Juan Francisco Elso: Essays on America, edited by Olga Viso and co-published with El Museo del Barrio. The essays in this volume—by Viso, Coco Fusco, Orlando Hernandez, Erica Moiah James, Rachel Weiss, and others—investigate the brief and yet significant career of the late Cuban artist Juan Francisco Elso (1956-1988). In addition, we’ll be co-publishing Presence/Absence: 30 Years of Day With(out) Art  with Visual AIDS, edited by Kyle Croft and Risa Puleo. This publication tracks the lasting impact of Day With(out) Art through a chorus of critical essays by Croft, Puleo, Theodore Kerr, Claire Grace, Cait McKinney and others, along with rarely seen archival material, and first hand reflections on artistic and institutional actions over the last three decades. Toward the end of the year, we’ll be releasing prodigal son: the odyssey of byron booth an artist book by william cordova.