The sculptures I make emerge from the debris of the quotidian. I retrieve abandoned objects —hand-me-down fabric, shards of mirror, scraps of plastic—which carry their history, and like objects orphaned from their daily ritual, seem to me to beg the question: “how did we get here?”. These sculptures are vestiges of somatic engagement with that question. I’m interested in the ways in which corporeal objects outside of the body have an ability to ignite feeling and sensation inside of the body, and in the cultural implications of foregrounding an erotic and mythical relationship to objects. I hope to appeal to the viewer to enter a space where sensual information, misreadings, and doubts occupy the same ground as certainties. I’m interested in the drama that arises when a thing makes its own ground for being and yet, its being may be nothing at all.

Dexter Ciprian (b. 1984, Boston, MA) is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited at Field Projects, New York, NY (2018); Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2017); The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (2015); The Vazquez Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2014); Myrtle Light Studios, Brooklyn, NY (2014-16); and The Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, NY (2011). His residencies include the Vermont Studio Center Residency (2019), Governors Island AIR (2019), and the Artist in the Marketplace Residency program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2015). He is a recipient of the 2011 BRIO award from the Bronx Council on the Arts. His work has been featured in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, and ArtNet Magazine, and published in Architecture Inserted (W. W. Norton & Co., 2012). He is the Communications Lead of OPEN DOORS, an initiative that seeks to build more safe and just communities, and is a co-facilitator of the POC sangha at the Brooklyn Zen Center. He holds an M.Arch from the Yale School of Architecture (2009), and a B.S. from the University at Buffalo (2006).

2018 Tiende La Ropa Que Va a Llover, Governors Island Art Fair, NY
2018 Show #47: Deep Stretch, Field Projects Gallery, New York, NY
2017 MULTIVERSE, Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Bronx Calling: The Third AiM Biennial, The Bronx Museum, The Bronx, NY
2014 Generis 01b: Community Association at Exchange Rates: The Bushwick Expo, The  
        Vazquez, Brooklyn, NY
        Dexter Ciprian: Recent Work at Bushwick Open Studios 2014, Myrtle Light
        Studios, Brooklyn, NY
2011  Felix & Dexter Present: FELIX & DEXTER, Angel Orensanz Foundation, NY, NY
        Distance, Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano, New York, NY
        22nd Annual Juried Show, Curator’s Choice, Viridian Artists Gallery, NY, NY
        2011 Summer Juried Show, The Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA
        New Rochelle Annual Juried Exhibition. New Rochelle, NY
2010 Permutations, Temporary Popup Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
        BYOA(Bring Your Own Art), X-Initiative, New York, NY
2009 No Time Like the Present, Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT
2007 Yale School of Architecture N.A.A.B. Exhibition, Yale University, New Haven, CT
        Beyond/In Western NY, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo, NY

2014  "Know Thy Neighbor: Myrtle Light Studios in Community", Arts In Bushwick,
        Brooklyn, NY
2012  “Myth Brand & Politics,” Architecture Inserted, published by W. W. Norton & Co.
2009, 2010  Visiting Critic, Pratt Institute of Architecture, Brooklyn, NY
2009  “Olympics: Myth Brand & Politics,” Retrospecta, Yale School of Architecture
2008  “Hang Kunsthalle, Retrospecta, Yale School of Architecture

Sutton, Benjamin  "9 Artists to Watch from the 2016 Bushwick Open Studios"
        Hyperallergic, October, 2016
Napier, Laura and Ramos-Fermin, Hatuey, Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial
, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2015
Sutton, Benjamin  "West Coast Represents at Exchange Rates Bushwick",
        Hyperallergic, October, 2014
Marketos, Cassie and Jaeger, Daniella, “New Projects Are Lunatic!," Kickstarter,   
September, 2011
Rosenberg, Karen “Taking the Initiative,” The New York Times, February, 2010
Davis, Ben "X Out," ArtNet Magazine, March, 2010
Nussbaum, Emily "Class of '09: What the Graduates of Ten Schools Think About the
       Crazy World They Just Inherited,"
New York Magazine, June 2009

2019 Artist-In-Residence, Governors Island AIR
2019 Artist-In-Residence, Vermont Studio Center
2015 Artist in the Marketplace, The Bronx Museum of the Arts
2011 Bronx Recognizes Its Own Grant, Bronx Council on the Arts
2009 Robert Leon Coombs Scholarship

2009  M.Arch., Yale School of Architecture
2006  B.S. in Architecture, University at Buffalo

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