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 Sultana Galerie 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).
Upcoming for 2018 include a solo exhibition at Chapter Gallery, New York and participation in the Baltic Triennial 2018. Other recent projects include the curation of exhibition Mene Mene Tekel Parsin at Wysing Arts Centre and the sound performance NTGNE for Serpentine Park Nights in 2015.
JD has published texts in print and online including The Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt Press); Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the 21st Century (MIT Press, 2015); Art After the Internet (Cornerhouse Books, 2014). JD lives and works between London and Berlin.
Joseph Buckley, Jamie Crewe, Jesse Darling, Cécile B. Evans, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, E. Jane, Sam Keogh, Mai-Thu Perret, John Russell
Cellular World: Cyborg-Human-Avatar-Horror
Cellular World is a group exhibition featuring works by nine different internationally renowned artists that introduces the key thematic concerns of this year’s Director’s Programme.
We live in a world where technology plays a large and changing role in everyday life. In an age of social media, most of us will have avatars – versions of ourselves – online, prompting us to question how we are represented and how we represent ourselves. At the same time, we are at a historical moment where the future frequently appears as a precipice between utopia and dystopia.
The works on show explore questions of identity and individual and collective consciousness at a time of prolific social change and uncertainty, when reality can often seem more like science fiction.
Curated by Richard Parry, Director, Glasgow International.
Includes works commissioned by Glasgow International. Supported by Glasgow Museums and the Henry Moore Foundation.
Fri 20 April – Sun 7 October
Mon – Wed & Sat, 10am-5pm
Fri & Sun, 11am-5pm
Performance by Sam Keogh:
Sat 21 April, 12pm