For the 58th Carnegie International, Rafael Domenech (b. 1989, Havana; lives in New York, NY) has been commissioned to create a pavilion for the Sculpture Court at Carnegie Museum of Art. The ellipsis-shaped pavilion is comprised of locally sourced temporary scaffolding and inner and outer layers of laser-cut construction mesh alongside modular furniture. Such materials are used in everyday urban environments, marking the ways cities are continually constructed and deconstructed, obfuscating the site of development—at times, dividing existing walkways, neighborhoods, and communities in the process. For the artist, the pavilion is a site for activity, but it is also a form of writing—a collaborative publication that explores language as architecture. Text fragments written by Domenech, exiled Neo-Baroque writer Severo Sarduy, visual poet N.H. Pritchard, writer Charles Bernstein, and various magazines are cut into the mesh and thread across the furniture, culminating in a collective poem. Dividing an edge from an ever (pavilion for Sarduy) (2022) will be on view until October 24, 2022.
Commissioned by Carnegie Museum of Art for the 58th Carnegie International.