Condo New York
No Ordinary Love
Frieze London. London, UK
Paris Internationale. Paris, France
Liste, Basel. Basel, Switzerland
Jesse Darling is an artist working in sculpture, installation, video, drawing, text, sound and performance. They live and work in Berlin. Jesse Darling has received commissions from MoMA Warsaw, The Serpentine Gallery and Volksbuhne Berlin among others.
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 noone 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.
Jesse Darling’s recent projects include: Gravity Road, solo show at the Kunstverein - Freibourg (2020) ; Three, Four Trees, E.A. Sharedspace, Georgia (Group show) ; A Fine Line, Kunsthalle Bremen, DE ; Selva Oscar at Galerie Sultana - Paris (solo - 2019) ; 58th Venice Biennale, Venice (2019), ‘Crevé’ at Triangle France - Astérides, Marseille (solo show - 2019),‘The Ballade of Saint Jerome’ as part of Art Now, Tate Britain, London solo show - (2018), a participation in 'A Cris Ouverts’, Biennale d’art contemporain, Rennes (2018).