Dexter Ciprian (b. 1984, Boston, MA) is a Dominican-American visual artist living and working in The Bronx, NY. His work explores migration, diaspora and mythology and 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). He is the recipient of several awards and residencies including Vermont Studio Center Residency (2019), 4heads Portal Governors Island Residency (2019), Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2015), and 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 holds an M.Arch from the Yale School of Architecture (2009), and a B.S. from the University at Buffalo (2006).
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.