September 7 — October 12, 2019
Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce Supernatural Architecture, a solo exhibition of graphite drawings on paper by New York and Florida-based artist and writer, Darren Jones.
Power, wealth, politics, control, defense, propaganda, and dynastic intent. These were the appetites upon which the foundations of castles were laid a thousand years ago. Technologies have evolved, but our compulsions are largely unchanged. Such sentiments are still expressed in financial, administrative and militaristic architectures of which castles are the progenitor, with perhaps the American skyscraper their truest heir.
The relevance of castles diminished four hundred years ago, overtaken by civic and societal progress. They were often deserted and left to the inclemency of storms, plundered for stone, or overtaken by the verdancy of nature. But in the silence of their abandonment they became something else.
While their crumbling, monumentality was still situated in the landscapes they once dominated, the patina of time allowed legend and myth to permeate their masonry with the wind and rain. As the centuries passed, they came to be seen as less of this world, and more as sentinels to spectral realms of mystery. Today, their quiet, decayed towers and secret rooms have become mouldering sepulchers to the folly, greed, and ambition of men; brutal, stoic testaments to everything we have ever gained, and lost. In his fortresses, guardhouses and edifices, Jones seeks to convey the atmospherics of lore, and enigma still manifest in their haunting remains.
Darren Jones is a Scottish critic and artist, based in the United States. His work has been widely exhibited, including at the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Royal Scottish Academy Galleries, Edinburgh; National Library of Argentina, Buenos Aires; Queens Museum of Art, New York; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Wroclow, Poland; and the Guildhall Art Gallery, London. His writings and projects have appeared in Artforum, New Art Examiner, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, Artforum.com, ArtUS, Artsy, Scotland on Sunday, and Artslant. His book, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Display, Power and Privilege, written with David Carrier, was published in 2016. In 2018 Jones was awarded an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Art Writers Grant. In 2019 Jones was a fellow at Granary Arts, Ephraim, Utah. In 2020, Jones will be the Art Writer-in-Residence at SPACES, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Read the Visual Art Source review here.