No Ordinary Love
Condo New York
Frieze. London, UK
Paris Internationale. Paris, France
Jesse Darling is an artist working in sculpture, installation, video, drawing, text, sound and performance. Their work is broadly concerned with what it means to be a body in the world, though what that means is both politically charged and culturally determined. Their practice draws on their own experience as well as the narratives of history and counterhistory. To be a body is to be inherently vulnerable, which extends to the “mortal” quality of empires and ideas as a form of precarious optimism - nothing and no-one is too big to fail, and this for JD is the starting point for a practice in which fallibility and fungibility are acknowledged as fundamental qualities in living beings, societies and technologies. Imagining the ‘high church of the modern’ as a moveable or precarious tabernacle, JD’s works and writing feature an array of free-floating consumer goods, liturgical devices, construction materials, fictional characters and mythical symbols detached from the architectures, hierarchies and taxonomies in which they have their place.
JD has received commissions from MoMA Warsaw, The Serpentine Gallery and Volksbuhne Berlin among others; recent projects include solo exhibitions Armes Blanches: History is Other People at Galerie Sultana in Paris (2017) and The Great Near at Arcadia Missa, London, as well as duo exhibition Atrophilia with Phoebe Collings-James at Company Gallery, New York (both 2016).