The Queensferry Gallery is pleased to announce a new solo exhibition by New York based, Scottish artist, Darren Jones. In his latest work Jones has transformed the gallery space into a ‘cosmological web’ based on astronomer, William Herschel’s 18th century diagram describing the shape of the Milky Way Galaxy.
However, within this interstellar architectural rendering lies a decidedly terrestrial material, drawn from the artist’s home ground. Suspended within the polymer tracery are planetary-like orbs. These circular objects were created using earth from locations related to key events in Scottish history.
For Jones, the orbiting spheres refer to the social equanimity required to develop and maintain a sense of belonging, geographically, politically and culturally. This is something that the country will wrestle with as the independence referendum draws near. In essence, a force of gravity, that is cerebral.
Material based structures or systems on a human scale often appear resilient, and on an astronomical timeline they can seem infinite. Yet the underlying fragility of all constructs can cause them to fail suddenly and catastrophically, exposing their inherent weaknesses. Such is the case here, the entire art work is dependent on a careful balance to maintain its suspended position.
Jones’ installation also takes reference from the complex, latticed aesthetics of the Forth Bridge under which the gallery is located; the design was altered after the fatal collapse of the Tay Bridge (1879). Reflected in the work, is this ever present conflict between great certainty and the threat of failure; an analogy describing the tenuous equilibrium between the stability or demise of human nerve when faced with change or challenge. In Jones’ construction, the fate of his earthly solar system also, hangs in the balance.
Scottish born, New York based artist, Darren Jones has exhibited internationally since the mid 2000‘s. In 2010 he was selected to represent Scotland at the Moscow International Biennial of Young Art (Moscow Museum of Modern Art). Previously Jones represented his country at the Queens International Biennial (Queens Museum of Art, New York, 2009).
Recent solo exhibitions include The Burns of Sorrow and Care (251 Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2012); Wraith (Museum of Russian Art, Jersey City, 2012); and Pulvis et Umbra, (Cuchifritos, New York, 2011, with Ryan Roa).
An artist who also curates, Jones organized the exhibition, Industrial Aesthetics: Environmental Influences on Recent Art From Scotland (Times Square Gallery of Hunter College, New York, 2011), one of the largest exhibitions of contemporary Scottish Art ever mounted in the United States. In 2012 he organized and participated in Soul Seekers at Trinity Church, one of New York’s most iconic landmarks; the first time in its 300 year history that a large scale show of contemporary art was permitted at Trinity.
Jones’ work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Artforum, the New Yorker, NY Arts Magazine, Scotland on Sunday, ArtUS Magazine, the New York Daily News, Artslant and New York Photo Review among other media platforms.
Darren Jones: Wait of the Nation - Gravitational Effects on the Local Galactic Plane, is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Scotland since 2005. The work engages with the influence of society on the cultural self and the attraction of belief systems, within the context of the upcoming independence referendum.