• Dexter Ciprián


    toddler chair, fabric, bird figurine, plaster, resin
    22 x 20 x 18 in

    • It was summer some years ago when, across the courtyard from my studio window, I caught a glance of an elderly woman hanging clothes and sheets over her windowsill. I took out my phone and recorded the different fabrics being carried by the wind. It brought to mind images of Abuela in Dominican Republic hanging out sheets to dry in the backyard, and I could remember her saying “ tiende la ropa que va a llover, ” (“hang the clothes before it rains”). As an image, seeing it now in New York City, it seemed to collapse the time and distance travelled from the so called “third world” to the “first world”.

      Around the same time I started collecting different hand-me-down artifacts donated to a second-hand shop 
      around the corner from my studio. Similarly, the image of hand-me-down objects seemed to capture for mequintessential immigrant ethic of make-do resourcefulness. These images come together in Tiende La Ropa Que Va a Llover as vehicles to contemplate the shared experiences of immigrant diasporic communities and how these experiences inform relationships to place, objects and home.
    • 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 (upcoming-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 Program Associate 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).