Introducing Turner Prize 2023 Shortlisted Artist, Jesse Darling

As the installation of Turner Prize 2023 is fast underway at Towner Eastbourne, we get to know this year’s artists and the work that could see them win this year’s prestigious prize. We begin with Berlin based installation, drawing, poetry and sculpture artist, Jesse Darling.

Jesse Darling, Gravity Road, 2020. Installation View at Modern Art Oxford, 2022. Photo: Ben Westoby. Courtesy of the artist and Modern Art Oxford.

Born in 1981 in Oxford, Jesse Darling graduated with a BA from Central St. Martins College of Art & Design in 2010, and completed an MFA at Slade School of Fine Art in 2014. Since first exhibiting in 2009, Darling’s work has been concerned with themes of power structures and the vulnerability of the human body. 

Turner Prize 2023 shortlisted artist, Jesse Darling

Darling has a poetic ability to manipulate everyday objects into contorted forms representative of the human body and the human experience. In the artist’s visionary oeuvre, disposed rollercoaster tracks become sculptural works that express the messy reality of life. The Turner Prize jury were particularly impressed by this in their selection of the artist’s 2022 solo exhibition ‘No Medals, No Ribbons’, at Modern Art Oxford. 

‘No Medals, No Ribbons’ showcased influential works by the artist from the last 10 years, arranging for the first time new and existing work into thematic groups. Installation, drawing, text, and sculpture featured in the exhibition, through which Darling worked to expose how the systems of power – government, religion, ideology, technology and empire – can be as fragile and precarious as mortal bodies. 

Jesse Darling, Corpus (Fortress), Testament III, 2022. Installation View at Camden Art Centre, 2022. Photo: Eva Herzog. Courtesy of the artist and Camden Art Centre.
Jesse Darling, Inter Alia I, 2022. Installation View at Camden Art Centre, 2022. Photo: Eva Herzog. Courtesy of the artist and Camden Art Centre.

Darling was selected by the jury for two exhibitions, the second was ‘Enclosures’ at Camden Art Centre. As the fourth recipient of the Camden Arts Centre Freelands Lomax Fellowship, the artist carried out research over a two year residency which culminated in the aforementioned exhibition.

Designed to coincide with ‘No Medals, No Ribbons’, this major commission addressed fallibility, adaptability and vulnerability of living beings, society and technologies. Darling explored the histories of extraction and exhumation, and considered clay as a material formed from the architectural, ancestral, cultural, and corporeal bodies of our material world.

The exhibition of Turner Prize’s four shortlisted artists will be presented at Towner from 28 September 2023 – 14 April 2024 with the announcement of the winner on 5 December 2023. The Turner Prize winner will be awarded £25,000 with £10,000 awarded to the other shortlisted artists. We hope to see you there.

King & McGaw are proud sponsors of the Turner Prize 2023 at Towner Eastbourne

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