May 1 - July 1, 2023

Sublimation—a two-person exhibition of works by Dylan Zarate and Shaan Ken Rao—is a meditation on the multifaceted nature of contemporary existence and the tension amongst humans and the ‘natural’ world at large.

Two elements around which this exhibition revolves—fire and water—bear a duality that finds resonance with the human experience: they are forces that simultaneously possess nurturing and destructive potentials. By referencing natural elements and using intentionally manipulated images, Sublimation examines what it feels like to be a person, community member, and artist at the beginning of the 21st century, touching on experiences of division, isolation, and grief. Dylan Zarate's multi-media works, infused with a strong dramaturgical and surreal presence, echo times of intense internal upheaval and turbulence; Zarate uses movement and distorted, obscured imagery to reveal a necessity for reclamation of self in times of severe detachment from nature. Shaan Ken Rao’s work draws on the isolation he experienced while grappling with addiction, and now investigates his sense of self, which he is rediscovering as he builds clean time in recovery; he strives to humanize addiction, normalize recovery for all addicts, and raise awareness about the opioid epidemic.

Now is a time of environmental and social cataclysms; although at times the future seems grim, we believe that destruction may encourage regrowth and rebuilding. Taking part in this process, art can aid in catalyzing habits to collectively ponder and contemplate, helping to cultivate a mindset of unison rather than discord.


Dylan Zarate is a multimedia artist currently residing in the Greater Los Angeles area. His work focuses on the transience of identity and the boundaries in which one exists, presenting these concepts through an absurdist lens and working primarily in sound, image, and video. As a soundscape creator, he works under the mononym DNZ and has self-released two albums, “Dramaturgy" and “Puzzle,” on his imprint, Information & Entropy, in 2021 and 2022, respectively. In 2021, Zarate, alongside collaborators Anderson Matthew and Rachel Jones, published the photo-book “Apocalypse Veil.” His video work has shown internationally, with the short film, “Everybody Dies,” playing several festivals in Europe and America.

Still from All Things Change, (2021/2023)


My work aims to understand the intersections in which reality exists and how this reality can shape identity, both collective and individual. In this search for understanding, there is also a desire and longing that is present in the work to transcend the trappings of said reality. Informed by my own lived experience, as well as my inclination for both sociological and psychological observation, the art serves as a personal documentation of the world as experienced by me. As an artist, I work in several mediums, including but not limited to: sound, video, image, and sculpture. I work primarily in a stream-of-consciousness manner. Most pieces I create begin without a clear concept of what the finished work will look like and they are only complete when the final product feels like it has been fully realized and presents itself. Working in this way allows me to tap into the subconscious, which creates the dreamlike nature and surreality of my work.


Shaan Ken Rao is a multi-disciplinary artist born in New York City to a Japanese mother and Pakistani father. Shaan earned his BFA in Photography from Parsons in 2022. Since then, his work has been a part of numerous exhibitions in New York, including his first solo at All St Gallery in Manhattan. In addition to visual art, Shaan is a musician that goes by the name DINHO DINHO; in the last three years he has put out 3 albums on all streaming platforms. Shaan currently lives and works in NYC.


In the last few years, I’ve been able to build up substantial ‘clean’ time from the drug addiction that once led my life. My recent work ponders these newfound perspectives about what causes someone to go into addiction, and what brought me into mine. The work addresses the lack of resources available to most addicts and the challenges our own government throws at those trying to get clean, all while most of society doesn’t even see addicts as full humans. Several pieces like (Parenthesis) and Scream investigate the role trauma can play in fueling addictive behavior, and the importance of therapy and medicine when in recovery. Other works, for example At Odds, get at the social disconnect addicts face in their lowest moments, while ones like “the future” get at the deadly nature of addiction and give an insight to the mental landscape of an addict. There are many things to cover when looking into the nature of addiction. That being said, my multi-disciplinary approach about the addict’s experience can help humanize us and get people to advocate for laws that strive to help addicts recover, as opposed to the traditional documentary images that aim to either glorify the addiction or make addicts look like a foreign species that has gone beyond repair. 

Still from Pill Morph, 2021