Jesse Darling

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January 26 - March 11, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, January 26, 5 – 7pm


Chapter NY is excited to present an exhibition of new work by the artist Jesse Darling. This will be JD’s first solo show in the United States and will focus on new paintings and sculptures.

JD’s practice engages forms of embodiment particular to the modern subject and its ulterior expressions. Informed by their personal experience as well as (counter)historical narratives, JD explores the inherent vulnerability of being a body, and how the inevitable mortality of living things translates to civilizations and structures. This “precarious optimism"—the idea that living beings, societies, and technologies are fundamentally fallible and fungible—underscores the artist’s practice.

For their exhibition at Chapter, JD draws from the clinical as a structural and social form of abjection. Mobility aids are contorted towards the corporeal, simultaneously rigid and lipid, both the object of support and its inferred subject. A commode chair crawls along the floor, as a hygiene curtain reveals a gaping wound; health advice posters in asemic script hang with uncertainty, over-painted as though vandalized—architectures of the care-industrial complex pressed, distressed, and in pain.

At once activated and incapacitated, these sculptures exert a precarious force somewhere between marked resilience and physical decline. They exist in between being and burden, where bodily atrophy collaborates with the prosthetic to forge new forms of agency. The works struggle against their own affliction and our own comfortable assumptions: heaving, synthetic, and all too keenly felt.

Jesse Darling works between London, UK and Berlin, Germany. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at Galerie Sultana, Paris and Arcadia Missa, London as well as the artist’s curated exhibition, “Mene Mene Tekel Parsin,” at Wysing Art Centre, UK. In 2017, JD’s work was featured in the Arsenale at the Venice Biennale, IT. In addition, selected group exhibitions include those at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin; Sharjah Biennial, Beirut; Company Gallery, NY; and Hessel Museum at CCS Bard, Hudson, NY. They have received commissions from MoMA Warsaw, Poland; The Serpentine Gallery, London, UK; and Volksbühne Berlin, Germany, among others. JD has published texts in print and online, including The Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt Press, 2015); Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the 21st Century (MIT Press, 2015); and Art After the Internet (Cornerhouse Books, 2014).

JD install 1
tall cane Collapsed Cane, 2017, Steel, aluminum, rubber and lacquer, 29 ½ × 23 ⅝ × ¼ inches

BAR Plexus, 2017, Back brace, mild steel, lacquer, grip bar, cool pack,28 ¾ × 19 ⅝ × 7 ⅞ inches

JD Installation 2
c-23Untitled (waiting room poster/municipal hospital series), 2017, Ink on paper, ink on plastic, with aluminum frame,25 ⅝ × 18 ½ × ¾ inches

crawling cane Crawling Cane, 2017, Steel, aluminum, rubber and lacquer, 28 ¾ × 15 ¾ × 7 ⅞ inches

JD install 3
JD install 4
DiptychUntitled (waiting room poster/municipal hospital series), 2017, Ink on paper, ink on plastic, with aluminum frame, each: 18 ½ × 13 ¾ × ¾ inches

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JD Install curtain
Toilet Comfort Station, 2017, Steel, aluminum, rubber and lacquer, 30 ¾ × 55 ⅛ × 33 ½ inches

Text painting Untitled (waiting room poster/municipal hospital series), 2017, Ink on paper, ink on plastic, with aluminum frame,18 ½ × 13 ¾ × ¾ inches

triptych Compartment Syndrome (hanging in there), 2017, Grip bar, plastic bags, plastic tube, zip tie, 66 × 49 × 5 inches

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JD Install 6
c-37 copy Untitled (waiting room poster/municipal hospital series), 2017, Ink on paper, ink on plastic, with aluminum frame,25 ⅝ × 18 ½ × ¾ inches